Topic: Electronic Flags and Leader Lights
So I came out to watch the Sears Pointless race to get first hand view of lemons racing.
When I was building scale model r/c car racing electronics, I designed a transponder system which had a feature called
the "leader light": when you passed the finish line and it recorded the lap times, it would respond back indicating if you were the
current race leader. Then your car could flash a 'leader light', so everyone can see you were the race leader, for both fans watching
the race and other drivers who might want to get out of your way. I'm thinking this would be useful for full scale road racing,
as I had no idea who was leading while watching the race.
In r/c racing there was no such thing a yellow flags, everyone just raced full time and if crashes happened, the corner workers just
tried to stay out of the way as they picked up and righted the crashed cars. Clearly full-sized racing with human drivers is very different.
So it seems to me the Yellow Flag status can just as easily be transmitted wireless to the cars, and as well as hand-waved flags,
and yellow light inside the car can be turned on electronically.
A quick google seems this technology is used in other kinds of race series. The technology today is not expensive at all,
my r/c radios/transponders where like $50 back them, and today wifi radios are $2, so I think this kind of feature can be added for less than
the cost of a tank of gas.
With no experience yet behind the wheel, the idea might not be useful and/or overkill, so some feedback is appreciated.