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VBOX Touch - Lap Timing Mode

The Lap Timing Mode allows you to view Lap Timing information in relation to a set Start/Finish line. Information includes: live reference lap speed comparison (Delta-V), live reference lap time comparison (Delta-T), current reference lap time, last lap time, last lap time difference to best, session time and completed lap count. It is accessed by pressing the Mode Button Mode.png at the bottom of the screen.


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The last selected Lap Timing Mode will be displayed after each power cycle.

Speed and distance units used are dependent on what is selected within the General Settings area.


Note: Lap timing gates are bi-directional and can be triggered when passing through in either direction.

Lap Timing Mode Overview

There are 2 different Lap Timing screens which can be accessed by selecting the Forward Forward Arrow.png and Back Backwards arrow.png arrows on the bottom right of the screen or by swiping the screen left or right.

Lap Timing - Main Screen

This is the default lap timing screen and displays live Lap Timing information in relation to a set Start/Finish Line, Separate Start and Finish Lines or a Standing Start and Separate Finish Line, and a Reference Lap.
 

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The screen is split in two halves:

  • Left hand side:
    • Lap time: This will show either a live rolling lap time, or a static previous lap time, dependent on the Rolling Lap Time settings. If a rolling lap time is being displayed, the previous lap time will be displayed for 5 seconds when a new lap starts before reverting to displaying the current live lap time. If the start/finish line has yet to be crossed, the circuit name/layout will be displayed with a distance countdown to the start/finish line if the unit has a satellite lock. If Standing Start has been enabled, a 'Standing Start Mode Enabled' message is displayed. If no start/finish line been detected/defined, a 'No start line' warning will display.
    • Time difference to best lap: This is the time difference between the last completed lap time and the quickest lap time and is displayed dependent on the Rolling Lap Time settings. It will either display continuously if a static lap time is being displayed, or will appear for 5 seconds after a lap has been completed if a rolling lap time is being shown. If the start/finish line has yet to be crossed or a lap hasn't been completed, it will not be shown.
    • Reference lap time: Displays the current active reference lap time and will update when the reference lap is superseded by a faster lap-time, unless the Reference Lap is Fixed within the Settings. If a reference lap has been fixed, a padlock icon will show to the right of the reference lap heading. If a reference lap is being created, a rolling lap time will show.
       
  • Right hand side:
    • Delta-T: Presents a live difference in lap time between the current lap time and the stored and active reference lap at the current location on track. If the detected speed drops below 10 km/h or the satellite reception is lost, the time comparison will freeze on the last known valid value until the speed is increased or the satellite reception is regained. If a reference lap is being created, a 'Creating a Reference Lap' message is displayed.
       
      • If the current lap is faster than the reference lap, the value will be signed negative and green in colour.
      • If the current lap is slower than the reference lap, the value will be signed positive and red in colour.
      • If the current lap is the same as the reference lap, the value will be unsigned and black in colour.
         
    • Session time: Total time passed within the session.
    • Completed lap count: Number of completed laps within the session.


Delta-V:

When there is a stored and active reference lap, the 4 LEDs at the top of the screen will provide a live reference lap speed comparison at the current location on track in relation to the Delta-V Range settings.

  • If the current lap is faster than the reference lap, the LEDs will be green in colour.
  • If the current lap is slower than the reference lap, the LEDs will be red in colour.
  • If the current lap is the same speed as the reference lap, the LEDs will be off.


The main lap timing screen can be reset by pressing the Reset button at the bottom of the screen or by pressing and holding on the screen.

Lap Timing - Basic Screen

This lap timing screen displays a lap time in relation to a set Start/Finish Line, Separate Start and Finish Lines or a Standing Start and Separate Finish Line, and a Reference Lap.
 

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  • Lap time: This will show either a live rolling lap time, or a static previous lap time, dependent on the Rolling Lap Time settings. If a rolling lap time is being displayed, the previous lap time will be displayed for 5 seconds when a new lap starts before reverting to displaying the current live lap time. If the start/finish line has yet to be crossed, the circuit name/layout will be displayed with a distance countdown to the start/finish line if the unit has a satellite lock. If Standing Start has been enabled, a 'Standing Start Mode Enabled' message is displayed. If no start/finish line been detected/defined, a 'No start line' warning will display.
     
  • Time difference to best lap: This is the time difference between the last completed lap time and the quickest lap time and is displayed dependent on the Rolling Lap Time settings. It will either display continuously if a static lap time is being displayed, or will appear for 5 seconds after a lap has been completed if a rolling lap time is being shown. If the start/finish line has yet to be crossed or a lap hasn't been completed, it will not be shown.

How to Manually Set a Start/Finish Line

It is possible to manually set a start/finish line when moving, overwriting the line detected within the circuit layout.

To manually set a start/finish line, tap the screen within the Basic Lap Timing Screen or select Set Start Gate within the Settings.

A screen will be displayed, allowing you to cancel the start/finish line gate set within 5 seconds by repressing the screen. After 5 seconds, you are required to drive forward in a straight direction to complete the process. The gate is set at 90° to the detected heading and the width is dependent in what is selected within the Gate Width Settings.

The detected location when the screen is initially pressed/start gate set is used as the centre point of start/finish gate. 

If you are defining a separate Finish Line, this gate will act as the Start Line only

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New start/finish line cancellation screen

Notes:

  • The vehicle must be moving >0.8 km/h and the unit have satellite lock to set a Start/Finish Line.
  • If start/finish line setting is cancelled, any live lap prediction for the current lap will be lost and unavailable for use.

How to Manually Set a Separate Finish Line

It is possible to manually set a separate finish line when moving, overwriting the finish line detected within the circuit layout.

To manually set a finish line, tap the screen within the Basic Lap Timing Screen if Standing Start has been Enabled, or select Set Finish Gate within the Settings.

A screen will be displayed, allowing you to cancel the finish line gate set within 5 seconds by repressing the screen. After 5 seconds, you are required to drive forward in a straight direction to complete the process. The gate is set at 90° to the detected heading and the width is dependent in what is selected within the Gate Width Settings.

The detected location when the screen is initially pressed/finish gate set is used as the centre point of finish gate. 

A separate finish line must be set if you are using Standing Start Mode.

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New finish line cancellation screen

Notes:

  • The vehicle must be moving >0.8 km/h and the unit have satellite lock to set a Finish Line.
  • If finish line setting is cancelled, any live lap prediction for the current lap will be lost and unavailable for use.

Creating a Reference Lap

A reference lap is required for VBOX Touch to calculate Delta-T and Delta-V lap timing values. VBOX Touch will automatically begin to create a reference lap once the Start/Finish line is crossed or movement is detected in Standing Start mode, and will complete when the Start/Finish line is crossed again or the separate Finish Line is crossed.

Requirements for creating a reference lap:

  • Lap is longer than 20 seconds.
  • Lap is greater than 100 m.
  • Maximum speed achieved is greater than 40 km/h.
  • Lap is over half the stored reference lap distance.
  • Lap time does not exceed 43'40.00".


It is also possible to choose to ignore short laps from creating the reference lap by entering a Minimum Lap Time within the Settings.


When a reference lap is being created, a 'Creating a Reference Lap' message is displayed on the Main Lap Timing Screen within the Delta-T section and the reference lap section will show a rolling lap time. The LEDs will also illuminate blue during the creation process.

The reference lap will update if a faster lap is achieved or if the lap distance is more than double the stored reference lap, unless the Reference Lap has been Fixed within the Settings.

Reference laps can also be Loaded from previously saved or provided files, or Saved for future use.


The reference lap will be retained after each power cycle.

Lap Timing Settings

The Lap Timing settings screen can be accessed by selecting the Settings Button Settings.png on the bottom left of the screen. It is split in to 2 pages and enables you to choose the lap timing parameters.

The different pages can be accessed by selecting the Forward Forward Arrow.png and Back Backwards arrow.png arrows on the bottom right of the screen or by swiping the screen left or right.
 

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To return to the main screen, select the Exit Button Exit Screen.png on the bottom left.

Select a Track

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VBOX Touch has an inbuilt track database containing a vast number of circuits throughout the world, a list of the currently supported circuits can be found here.

The unit will display the currently selected track based on the GPS location. If multiple layout are available, you can press the Select button to scroll through the different options. To choose a layout, press the desired option and then select the Confirm Button Confirm Button.png on the bottom right of the screen, or press the Cancel Button Cancel Button.png on the bottom left of the screen to return the Settings screen without saving.

Note: If you press the Select button when you are not in the vicinity of a known track, the unit will display a NO LIST AVAILABLE message.

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If the layout is changed, the LEDs will briefly flash green twice and the unit will emit an audible confirmation notification. The layout will be remembered after each power cycle if it is determined to be local to the detected location.

Note: When the selected track is changed, all existing lap timing values will be cleared and the new lap timing gates will be used.

 

Set Start/Finish Gate

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Selecting the Set Start Gate option within the Lap Timing Settings manually set a start/finish line when moving, overwriting the line detected within the circuit layout. If you are defining a separate Finish Line, this gate will act as the Start Line only. More information about manually setting a start/finish line can be found above.

Note: The vehicle must be moving >0.8 km/h and the unit have satellite lock to set a Start/Finish Line.

Set Finish Gate

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Selecting the Set Finish Gate option within the Lap Timing Settings will manually set a Finish line when moving, overwriting the finish line detected within the circuit layout. A separate finish line must be set if you are using Standing Start Mode. More information about manually setting Finish line can be found above.

Note: The vehicle must be moving >0.8 km/h and the unit have satellite lock to set a Finish Line.

Clear Finish Gate

(Only selectable if a Finish gate has been set)

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Selecting the Clear Finish Gate option within the Lap Timing Settings will clear the separate Finish line and will use the active Start line as a combined Start/Finish line.

A screen will be displayed, allowing you to cancel the finish line clear within 5 seconds by repressing the screen.

If the finish line is cleared, the LEDs will briefly flash green twice and the unit will emit an audible confirmation notification.

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Clear finish line cancellation screen

Notes:

  • When the finish gate is cleared, all existing lap timing values and lap history will be cleared.
  • If finish line setting is cancelled, any live lap prediction for the current lap may be lost and unavailable for use.

Load a Track Database

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The Track Database installed within the VBOX Touch is updated whenever a new firmware file is uploaded on to the unit. However, you can also independently update the Track Database by pressing the Load Track Database button within the Lap Timing Settings. If an SD card is detected and a saved .tdb or .bdb track database file is located within the root directory of the SD card (not in the media or any other folder), the unit will start to load the file, which will update the tracks list but not overwrite any existing track information.

Progress of the track database update will be displayed via the LEDs; each lit LED will represent 25% of the process with all LEDs extinguishing when the process is complete.

This area also displays the currently installed track database version information.


More information on loading a Track Database can be found here.

Lap Timing Gates

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Load Start/Finish or Finish Line Gates

You can load previously saved or provided Start/Finish line gates by inserting an SD card with gate files contained within a SF LINES folder into the unit and then pressing the Load Lap Timing Gates button within the Lap Timing Settings. If only one file is located on the SD card, the file will be loaded immediately.

If multiple files are located on the SD card, the unit will display all available files. Select a file and then press the Confirm Button Confirm Button.png on the bottom right of the screen, or press the Cancel Button Cancel Button.png on the bottom left of the screen to return the Settings screen without saving. When loaded, a success screen will briefly display to show that it is was loaded successfully. If there are splits stored within the file, these will also be uploaded to the unit, up to a maximum of 10 gates/splits.
 

Note: When a new Start/Finish or Finish line gate is loaded, all existing lap timing values will be cleared and the new lap timing gates will be used.

Save Start/Finish Gates

To save the currently defined Start/Finish gates, press the Save Lap Timing Gates button within the Lap Timing Settings. If an SD card is detected, it will be saved as a file named gates.spl within an SF LINES folder on the SD card. A save success screen will briefly display to show that it was saved successfully. If a gate file already exists on the SD card, VBOX Touch will display an overwrite cancel screen, which gives you 5 seconds to cancel the overwrite by pressing the screen.

Gate Width

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It is possible to change the width of the Start/Finish line gate by pressing the value box and then using the keypad presented.

To save the value inputted, press the Confirm Button Confirm Button.png on the bottom right of the screen, or press the Cancel Button Cancel Button.png on the bottom left of the screen to return the Settings screen without saving. The default setting is 25 m / 82 ft and is selectable from 3 – 100 m / 10 – 330 ft. The value will be remembered after each power cycle.

Note: Width can be entered up to 1 decimal place.

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Gate Width Keypad Example

This option is particularly useful if the VBOX Touch is not detecting the correct number of laps. When racing at a very narrow circuit where the pit lane is right next to the start line, it could be possible to trigger lap timing within the pit lane, giving an incorrect number of laps.

Rolling Lap Time

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If enabled, the Main Lap Timing Screen or Basic Lap Timing Screen will display the current live lap time. When a new lap starts, the previous lap time will be displayed for 5 seconds before reverting to displaying the current live lap time. When disabled, the previous lap time will be displayed.

Note: Enabled by default.

Standing Start

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When Standing Start is Enabled, VBOX Touch can use the position at the start of movement to trigger lap timing. This is particularly suitable for sprint style events. In this mode, Lap Timing will only stop at a defined Finish Gate. With standing start enabled, any existing Start/Finish or start gate will be ignored. Once enabled, the LEDs will briefly flash green twice and the unit will emit an audible confirmation notification.

You are then required to return to a Lap Timing Screen by pressing the Exit Button Exit Screen.png on the bottom left. When stationary (<0.5 km/h) for 2 consecutive seconds, an activation screen will display, requiring you to wait 5 seconds before moving the vehicle. Pressing the screen, moving or losing satellite lock before the standing start activation period has expired will cancel the feature.

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Standing start activated cancellation screen

Once the activation period has expired, a 'Standing Start Mode Armed' screen will display, notifying you that the unit is ready for movement. Pressing the screen will take you back in to the Lap Timing Settings menu.
 

Once vehicle movement is detected (>0.5 km/h), VBOX Touch will assign the Start gate at 90° to the detected heading. Lap Timing will only complete once a defined separate Finish Gate is crossed.

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Standing start armed notification screen

Delta-V Range

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The brightness of the LED feedback in relation to the Delta-V speed can be adjusted. 3 options are available; 2 km/h / 1.2 mph, 5 km/h / 3.1 mph (default) and 10 km/h / 6.2 mph and they relate to the maximum speed difference at which the LEDs are brightest.


Using the default 5 km/h setting as an example:
 

Current lap is >5 km/h quicker than the reference lap

LEDs will show bright green

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Current lap is 2.5 km/h quicker than the reference lap

LEDs will show dull green

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Current lap is the same speed as the reference lap

LEDs will be off

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Current lap is 2.5 km/h slower than the reference lap

LEDs will show dull red

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Current lap is >5 km/h slower than the reference lap

LEDs will show bright red

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Alternatively, if 10 km/h is selected and the current lap is 5 km/h quicker than the reference lap, LEDs will show dull green as it is halfway to the maximum value.


Tap the buttons to change the setting.

Reset Data

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Selecting this option will reset the lap timing data, lap time history and reference lap. Once Reset is selected, a cancel timeout screen will display, allowing you to cancel the reset within 5 seconds by pressing the screen. After 5 seconds, the LEDs will briefly flash green twice and the unit will emit an audible confirmation notification.

Fix the Reference Lap

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This option will fix the current reference lap. When fixed, the stored reference lap will not update if a faster lap is achieved. If there is no stored reference lap, the next complete lap will be used as the fixed reference lap. Alternatively, you can fix the reference lap by triple tapping on the main Main Lap Timing Screen.

 

Once enabled, a cancel timeout screen will display, allowing you to cancel the fixing within 5 seconds by pressing the screen.
 

When a reference lap has been fixed, a padlock icon will show to the right of the reference lap on the Main Lap Timing Screen.
 

To unfix a reference lap, select Enabled. A cancel timeout screen will display, allowing you to cancel the unfixing within 5 seconds by pressing the screen. Alternatively, you can also unfix the reference lap by triple tapping on the Main Lap Timing Screen.

Reference Lap

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Load a Reference Lap

You can load a previously saved or provided reference lap by pressing the Load button (as long as the unit is not logging and the vehicle is not moving). If an SD card is detected, the unit will display all .ref files located within the REF LAPS folder on the SD card. Select a file and then press the Confirm Button Confirm Button.png on the bottom right of the screen, or press the Cancel Button Cancel Button.png on the bottom left of the screen to return the Settings screen without saving

If confirmed, a load success screen will briefly display to show that it was loaded successfully.

If there are splits stored within the file, these will also be uploaded to the unit, up to a maximum of 10 gates/splits.
 

Note: When a new reference lap is loaded, the Start/Finish gate stored within the .ref lap will be applied as the active Lap timing gate if it is different to the currently loaded gate. If the gates are changed, all existing lap timing values will be cleared and the new lap timing gates will be used.


It is possible to create a reference lap using Circuit Tools software, more information on this is available here.

 
Save a Reference Lap

If a reference lap has been created, you can save the lap for future use (as long as the unit is not logging and the vehicle is not moving) by pressing the Save button. If an SD card is detected, it will be saved as a file named lap.ref within a REF LAPS folder on the SD card. A save success screen will briefly display to show that it was saved successfully. If a reference lap file already exists on the SD card, VBOX Touch will display an overwrite cancel screen, which gives you 5 seconds to cancel the overwrite by pressing the screen.

Ignore Short Laps

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It is possible to choose to ignore short laps from creating the reference lap. Enabling will let you enter a minimum lap time that is acceptable to be used as a reference lap.

To change the time, press the value box and then use the keypad presented. 

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Minimum Lap Time Keypad Example

To save the value inputted, press the Confirm Button Confirm Button.png on the bottom right of the screen, or press the Cancel Button Cancel Button.png on the bottom left of the screen to return the Settings screen without saving. The default setting is 60 s and is selectable from 10 – 86400 s. The value will be remembered after each power cycle.

Note: Time can only be inputted as a whole number.

Screenshot

Selecting the Screenshot Button Screenshot.png will save a full image of what is shown on screen to the inserted SD card. If the screenshot has been saved successfully, the LEDs will illuminate yellow in sequence from left to right to display the progress of writing to the SD card. When screen capture is complete, VBOX Touch will emit an audible confirmation notification. If the screenshot has been saved unsuccessfully, for example no SD card is inserted or the card is full, the SD Card Icon at the top of the screen will flash 3 times and VBOX Touch will emit an audible error notification.

A captured image is saved as a 1.5 MB bitmap image, orientated at 90° to the original screen image, with the prefix 'screenshot'.


IMPORTANT – NEVER remove the SD card when a screenshot is being taken, it could cause the unit to crash!

Lap History

A history of the lap results can be viewed by selecting the Results Button Results.png at the bottom of the screen.

Lap results will display until the Reset Button is pressed.
 

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Sample history screen
 

The most recently completed lap will show at the top of the screen and the fastest will be highlighted. To scroll through the history, use the scroll bar on the right hand of the screen.
 

Information includes:

  • Lap number
  • Lap time
  • Time difference from fastest lap

It is possible take a screenshot of the lap history by pressing the Screenshot Button Screenshot.png.

To return to the main screen, select the Exit Button Exit Screen.png on the bottom left of the screen.


IMPORTANT - Up to a maximum of 128 laps can be displayed, however if more laps have been completed, they will still be recorded on the SD card. Once the limit has been reached, a warning message will be briefly shown, advising that further laps will not be saved to the Lap History. The message will show again if the unit is power cycled. To view new lap history results, press the Reset Button.

Save Results

You can also save the lap history as a .txt or .csv file (dependent on the option selected) to the SD card by selecting the Save Button Save.png on the bottom of the screen. When pressed, the unit will emit an audible confirmation notification. If the results have been saved unsuccessfully, for example no SD card is inserted or the card is full, the button will flash 3 times and VBOX Touch will emit an audible error notification.

If saved successfully, the file name will include the date and the time when saved. Along with the lap history information described above, the results file also incudes the date and the time when saved.

Reset

Selecting the Reset Button Reset.png on the bottom right of the screen will reset the lap timing data, lap time history and reference lap. Once Reset is selected, a cancel timeout screen will display, allowing you to cancel the reset within 5 seconds by pressing the screen. After 5 seconds, the LEDs will briefly flash green twice and the unit will emit an audible confirmation notification.

Touch Shortcuts

Screen Shortcut Function
Swipe Left/Right Accesses different lap timing or settings screens
Triple tap the Main Lap Timing Screen Fixes/Unfixes the reference lap
Press and hold the Main Lap Timing Screen Resets the lap timing data, lap time history and reference lap
Tap the Basic Lap Timing Screen Sets a Start/Finish or Finish Line at the current location
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