What appeals to me most about the digital systems is the realism that it brings. I particularly like the idea of simulating pit stops and having "racing lines" through the corners.
I think that Xlot's system enhances the realism by not having pick-up rails or tape on the track surface and having such a narrow slot. To me, all the rest look like overgrown model railroad junctions!
The track looks excellent, Beppe! Maurizio and myself were discussing your concept over dinner the other night and we agreed that your 'non-deslotting' concept is ideal for a commercial or arcade set-up. I had to agree, he was paying for dinner..
How is the testing of 'anti-collision' system coming along?
Sorry to hear that Luca has quit but it may actually be a blessing in disguise!
In terms of alternatives, you know better than I do that any electronic system operated in a commercial environment requires 100% reliability, as well as ease of maintenance, if it is to be successful. It needs to be durable enough to withstand hours and hours of abuse.
For example, Carrera sets are now widely available here (and very cheap!) and most toy shops have a track set up so that prospective customers can have a go. But none of them work properly. It's usually just a matter of sorting out the braids but the shop assistants, although very charming, don't know anything about it. Consequently, sales are very slow as the sets are perceived to be junk.
Personally, I'm not sure that SSD will give you the level of reliability you require in a commercial environment. No doubt you have already gone down the Davic route but to no avail. Pity, since from all reports about the 24-hour races they've held it appears that their system is reliable.
In this regard, which brand of hand controller have you opted for? The best in terms of reliability and maintenance, but also no doubt the most costly, would be a wiperless PWM type controller but this may play havoc with the other electronics. I don't know enough about it to advise you.
I really wish that I could offer you some better advice....
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