January 26, 2016 at 7:05 pm #1371
Really excited to announce the beginning of a big transformation of the Trackattackapp.com site. We are shifting from simply a place for users to see their own individual data and share, to a place that users and other people can explore, discover and engage with other people on actual session data and video.
This release has the first small steps into that direction.
Add tags to your sessions
Just like Twitter and Facebook, you can now add tags to your sessions, that in the future will allow you to find your sessions faster, let other people find your sessions (just the lap times unless you make them fully public – you will always control your data) and let you find the relevant data you are seeking.
For example, imagine you are going to Sebring for the first time and you want to see what the range of lap times are for your car type or class. You’ll be able to search for #sebring #class #carmake #carmodel, find those sessions and request access to the video and analytic data from the user. This way, sharing and comparing with actual lap times, video and data is truly seamless.
Add personal notes to your sessions
Every coach and instructor will tell you, writing down notes after each session is a must. So we are introducing a new feature on the Me page where you can start writing notes from each session. These are your personal notes, that will not be public to anyone else. In the future, we’ll enable users to be able to share their data with coaches, instructors and other users where you could share these notes.
This is a great place to make set up notes, how the car handled, what you were working on, what you learned, what you want to work on in the future or even what you learned about the track.
Now, when you share a session, either through creating a Facebook post or sharing the URL directly, people will be able to comment using their authentication from Facebook. We chose Facebook as the first step because we want to make sure that Track Attack is a positive place for people to connect on real driving experiences. Hiding behind usernames and alternate identities to be unfriendly is not something we want to enable. So now, anyone with a Session URL can comment on that specific session, if they are a real person.
Updated ‘Shared Page’
We’ve also updated the ‘Shared Page’ – what people see when you share a session externally. They will be able to see basically the same data points as before, experience the new look and feel, see the tags you created for your session and comment on the session.
Note, they will not be able to see your personal notes or edit any of the contents of the session.
Edit Session Details and Transfer Ownership
Now you can go through and edit session details like, the car you drove and actually add new cars. So think about this as being able to build your garage.
If you’re like us, sometimes you have someone else drive your car or try out Track Attack on your phone, before they buy it. So now, you can simply transfer ownership of a session to that other person.
You can also delete a session in its entirety or just the video for a given session.
We are focused on giving you the ultimate control of your data.
Lastly, emphasizing that your session data is yours and you should be able to do whatever you want with it, now we are automatically doing a couple of things:
- For all sessions, you’ll be able to export the session data into a .csv so you can do whatever you want.
- All sessions that have the video uploaded, will automatically be re-encoded to combine the video and data layers. So just upload your session, and a bit later, you’ll have the download video button active so you can take that new video, that combines video and data, edit and create whatever videos you want.
Here’s an example where we literally took the file that was generated and uploaded it straight into YouTube:
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