News and Articles

20 Jul 2016
by mmarich
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Improving Search in SoloStorm Cloud

As competitors, we gain the most when we share and compare what we have learned with others.

When we originally built SoloStorm Cloud, we wanted to make it easy to quickly share information with our friends and fellow racers.

What began as an experiment to see if anyone would actually use it, has become a service that over half of SoloStorm users have accessed. Many consider it indispensable.

While this service is still in Beta, we want to make sure that the it works as expected. One feature that had a design flaw in it was searching for logs matching a selected event.

To define the location of an event, we round the GPS coordinates to a 100 meter box. While this isn’t perfect because of boundary conditions, we wanted to see if it would work as-is. As it turns out, the answer was ‘no’. Some people has issues with logs not being found or going ‘missing’ in their list of logs stored in the cloud.

Therefore, we have made changes to the search algorithm in order to use a ‘nine squares’ approach, where surrounding coordinate ‘boxes’ are also included in the results.

This change is now in production, and while you don’t need to update SoloStorm to use the new search, some housekeeping things were taken care of in the interface between the app and the service that affect the log download progress indicator, so check for an update.

At some point in the future, we may revisit how events are identified in order to make searching more efficient, but this should be transparent to customers. We have quite a few ideas on how to improve SoloStorm Cloud in order to make it easier to search and share with other users, as well as send data to other platforms such as the upcoming Podium service.

08 May 2016
by petreldata
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Support for Time Attack Racing

Do you want the same advantage that SoloStorm offers Autocrossers, but for Time Attack and lapping days?

We’ve released the first version of SoloStorm that will give you just that.

If you are on the Beta release program, then just check for updates. Not on the Beta release program? Send an email to support@petreldata.com and we can add you.

The initial set of features includes a dedicated Time Attack race mode, a track list powered by Podium.live, a lap and sector timing screen, as well as analysis customized for circuit racing.

We made a short video to show you how to configure and use SoloStorm for Time Attack:

Please give it a shot, and let us know what you think!

25 Jan 2016
by petreldata
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Comparing More Than Two Laps

SoloStorm was built around a pretty simple idea: compare two laps together in order to figure out where you can go faster.

Over time, a number of people have asked to be able to compare additional logs at the same time. We decided to experiment with this, and here’s how it looks so far:

Compare Multiple Log and Video in SoloStorm

A couple of key points stand out. First, you must compare the laps in distance mode, otherwise there is too much noise in the channel traces. Given that, the Time Delta channel becomes even more important.

Also, providing useful information about many open logs on a smartphone screen is a real challenge; six seems to be the maximum number. We are still trying a few things, but this feature should be ready for general release before the spring season.

A note to our color blind customers: stick with only two open logs. We have optimized the rendering of the first two open logs for you by allowing for a special color palette, but there’s not a lot to work with.

15 Jan 2016
by petreldata
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Need a New Download Link or Unlock Code?

If your download link has expired, or if you have misplaced your unlock code, then you can request that a recovery email be sent to you.

Open the Download and Unlock Code page and provide your license email (the same one that your unlock code is pinned to). You will then receive an email with a download link and your unlock code.

06 Jan 2016
by petreldata
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New Features for Time Attack Support

Do you want to use the same driver and vehicle development tools for road race, time attack, and lapping day events that you already use for autocross?

While SoloStorm has set the standard for autocross data logging and analysis, many customers have asked for a solution for circuit courses as well. We’ve have some unique ideas about what problems a tool for circuit events could help drivers solve, so we have decided to make this work a priority.

First, there are a couple of additional features that many of you have requested for autocross that will also be required for circuit events.

The most important of these features is the ability to jog and analyze logs by distance as well as time. This feature is completed and being tested for the next release of SoloStorm. Check out this video to learn more about it.

We have also added the ability to display lap times when loading logs or browsing them in the cloud. Times are calculated but may be manually specified as well.

17 Dec 2015
by petreldata
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Making Use of Histogram Charts

The winter season is a good time to lay plans for the coming season. This can include tire selection, engine tuning, and custom fabrication.

If you have been using SoloStorm, then you have a large amount of data from which to learn from Рbut how do you make sense of it? While SoloStorm focuses on providing you with feedback in-between runs, there has been a need to help make more strategic decisions.

While there are many good books on analyzing race car data, such as Christopher Brown’s Making Sense of Squiggly Lines, we wanted to give you some quick wins to get you going.

In that spirit, a Charts Wizard was added to SoloStorm with a few simple histograms that can help you make strategic decisions yet function as another useful tool on race day.

Check out the Chart Wizard section in the SoloStorm User Guide to learn more. If you have an idea for a chart or graph you would like to see, please let us know. We’re here to help!

SoloStorm Engine RPM and Throttle Histogram

14 Apr 2015
by petreldata
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Retiring the Forums

In these days of social media, many people are turning to their existing network for help when they need it.

In light of this, we will be shutting down our forum as a means of support, and encouraging discussions to take place via Facebook and social media. We are also bringing back our blog to share news and updates with our community.

If you require immediate help with our products or services, please email support and we will be glad to assist you!

25 Sep 2012
by petreldata
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SoloStorm v1.1 to support Race Technology DL1 Data Logger

We are pretty excited to announce that SoloStorm v1.1 will be able to receive telemetry from a Race Technology DL1 via a simple Serial to Bluetooth adapter. Here’s a picture of SoloStorm receiving telemetry from both the DL1 and a PLX Devices OBD II reader – because you can never log too many channels!

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