Creating an HD Track Map is simply the process of taking many top-down images using a drone and later using software to stitch the many images together to make one seamless composite image. Since the drone is capable of capturing 4k image quality pictures, and the drone flies at such a relatively low altitude the resulting map image is super high definition, and also allow higher zoom levels which enables more analytical capabilities in the suite of LITPro apps.
HD Track Maps also are more timely, and therefore better represent a more current version of the track than satellite imagery can typically provide. This process of creating HD Track Maps can be repeated when significant track layout changes are made to keep it as up to date as is helpful. Obviously a more up-to-date HD Track image is preferred, however, even slightly outdated HD Track images still greatly enhance the LITPro app experience and analytical power.
Creating an HD Track Map is great and we encourage it despite all of our warnings and caveats so long as it can be done safely. If you are planning on doing one we'd love to hear about it and give you some guidance (though don't ask us how to operate your drone ;). And once you've created one we'd love to give you props to the community of riders who will all benefit from it. Enjoy!
For creating HD Track Maps, LITPro has partnered with Maps Made Easy. High-level instructions are here, but drone safety as well as drone operating instructions are out of the scope of this guide.Compatible drones:
DJI Phantom 3, DJI Phantom 4, or DJI Inspire drone.Required App
Download the following app from the Apple app store: Map Pilot App (made by MapsMadeEasy).Primer
To capture the images you need to have the drone operator download (and pay for) the Map Pilot App from Maps Made Easy. Maps Made Easy has a website dedicated to instructing users how to best use the App to capture the images we need: Detailed Instructions by MapsMadeEasy
Once the drone operator is comfortable with the Map Pilot App, the drone operator should go to the track. Someone with knowledge of the track (someone who knows the layout well) should help the drone operator create the boundaries around the track from within the Map Pilot App. Set the Map Pilot App to travel at the lowest elevation within reason (around 80-100 meters is usually best for "motocross" tracks, you can fly lower for smaller supercross tracks). The Map Pilot App does everything from there.
You'll need to upload the images to a shared Dropbox folder we will create. And then we're only a couple hours away from having an awesome HD-Track Map inside the LITPro Apps.Finally
Once you have the images ready to upload, contact the LITPro team with the name of the track, the location of the track and a description of your flight parameters (altitude, estimated number of images), your LITPro user account and the time and date of the lap that was completed at this track and we will provide you a dropbox folder to upload to.