The CARS project is aimed at testing the introduction of
automated safety systems into the world of amateur rallying. The system
aims to make the communications between marshalls, co-drivers, safety
crews (such as paramedics) and an administrator (probably the clerk of
the course), who would oversee the whole process seemless, efficient
and easier than it has been previously. By adding systems such as GPS
to the cars and making this information available over a wireless
network, everyone who needs to can view the positions of all competing
cars which means accidents can be reported efficiently and everyone on
the system can see exactly where it has occured so further accidents
resulting from this can be avoided. This also means that the accidents
can be reported directly to paramedics who can respond immediately to
the exact location, and as the system will be computerised they can
draw up any relevant medical information on the cars occupents before
they arrive at the crash scene saving time in serious cases. Many
additions to the system will be possible and the possibilities are
huge, timing can be automated, co-drivers can have all the information
about how they are doing in the rally (positional information etc)
available on their tablet pc and many other applications can be
Here are some example screen shots of how the application is expected
This shows how the system could be used to inform a co-driver at the
start of a stage that another car is approaching the merge point and
possibly display the speeds of both cars to help avoid a collision.
This shows the choices that could be presented to a marshall to let
them decide how severe an accident is, according to the information
entered here the system will contact the appropriate people and then
they can respond as is needed.
Emergency Services Screen
This shows how the paramedics can call up the details of the occupants
of a car involved in an accident so they can deal with them more
efficiently when they arrive.
In all of the interfaces above the maps would highlight the car that
was involved in the accident for easier visual recognition.
There will also be interfaces for a systems administrator who will be
able to input the stage maps, confirm timings and send these out to
co-drivers etc but these have yet to be designed.
Any comments on this system are greatly appreciated and i can be
contacted on email at email@example.com
Abstract HCI Design Report