Visualising WRC Rally Stages With Relive?

A few days ago, via Techcrunch, I came across the Relive application that visualises GPS traces of bike rides using 3D Google Earth style animations using a range of map data sources.

Data is uploaded using GPX, TCX, or FIT formatted data – all of which are new to me. Standard KML uploads don’t work – time stamps are required for each waypoint.

Along the route, photographic waypoints can be added to illustrate the journey, which got me thinking: this could be a really neat addition to the website, annotating stage maps after a race with:

  • photographs from various locations on the stage;
  • images at each split point showing the leaderboard and time splits from each stage;
  • pace info, showing the relative pace across each stage, perhaps captured from a reconnaissance vehicle or zero car.

Alternatively, it might be something that the WRC – or Red Bull TV, who are providing online and TV coverage of this year’s rallys – could publish?

And if they want to borrow some of my WRC chart styles for waypoint images, I’m sure something could be arranged:-)

Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a Senior Lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...

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