Autostart RaceCapture App

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Automate starting Race Capture Dashboard App on a Tablet

- Written by Scott Barton of ProFormance Coaching

You can have your Android or Fire Tablet automatically start up the Race Capture app and display the Dashboard whenever it boots up without having to root your tablet. The Fire Tablet (and many other tablets) will automatically boot up when power is applied. This will allow you to have your Race Capture dash automatically come up whenever you turn your car on without having to do anything. You can then use remote buttons to control the Race Capture dash to make it a seamless dash experience.

Here is a video demoing the functionality of the autostart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJ-pSqY6hNk

Configure Race Capture app

  1. Open Race Capture App
  2. Click the Hamburger menu icon (3 horizontal bars top left)
  3. For Startup screen select Dashboard
  4. Go to Dashboard
  5. Click Gear icon top left
  6. Go to Behavior and adjust settings to your preference
  7. Now whenever Race Capture app is launched, it will automatically go to the Dashboard. Next we will automatically launch Race Capture app when your tablet starts up.

Download and install Automateit Pro ($3)

Configure Automateit Pro

Launch Automateit Pro

Create Boot Rule

  1. Click on My Rules.
  2. Click on the (+) sign bottom right.
  3. Go down to System and click on Boot Trigger.
  4. Click on [Composite Action].
  5. Click the (+) top right.
  6. Set Bluetooth State Action to turn Bluetooth On then hit OK.
  7. Click the (+) top right again to add another action.
  8. Click Enable Screen Rotation Action and Enable Screen Rotation then hit OK.
  9. Click the (+) top right again to add another action.
  10. Click Disable Screen Lock Action and Disable Screen Lock then hit OK.
  11. Click the (+) top right again to add another action.
  12. Set Screen Brightness Action and set it to 255. Uncheck enable automatic brightness mode. Click OK.
  13. Click the (+) top right again to add another action.
  14. Click Start Application Action, Click magnafying glass icon then click Race Capture app. Then Click OK.
  15. Click the (+) top right again to add another action.
  16. Click Set Screen Timeout Action and set it to 5 minutes then hit OK.
  17. You should now have 6 actions. Click Next.
  18. Select No for Show rule popup. Uncheck Delayed Execution. Check Always Active. Then Click Disk icon top right to Save.
  19. Give Automateit any permissions it asks for.

Create Race Capture Launched Rule

  1. In My Rules, click on the (+) sign bottom right.
  2. Click Application Status Trigger. Click Magnifying glass icon. Click Race Capture app. Make sure Application Activated box is checked. Click Next.
  3. Click on [Composite Action].
  4. Click the (+) top right.
  5. Set Bluetooth State Action to turn Bluetooth On then hit OK.
  6. Click the (+) top right again to add another action.
  7. Set Screen Brightness Action and set it to 255. Uncheck enable automatic brightness mode. Click OK.
  8. Click Next.
  9. Select No for Show rule popup. Uncheck Delayed Execution. Check Always Active. Then Click Disk icon top right to Save.
  10. Give Automateit any permissions it asks for.

Create Power Connected Rule

  1. In My Rules, click on the (+) sign bottom right
  2. Click on Power Connected Trigger
  3. Click on Set Screen Brightness Action. Set Brightness Level to 255 and uncheck automatic brightness mode. Click Next.
  4. Select No for show rule popup. Uncheck Delayed Execution. Check Always Active.
  5. Click Disk icon top right to Save.
  6. Give Automateit any permissions it asks for.

Test It

  1. Turn off Bluetooth, Set Brightness to 50%, Turn off Auto-rotation, Close all apps, etc.
  2. Power off Tablet
  3. Plug tablet in (it should automatically start to power up. If not, you will have to power it on).
  4. ***It will take a full 60 seconds for Automateit to start after the tablet is fully started up, please wait***
  5. After a minute or so, Race Capture should have started and gone to Dashboard screen, Bluetooth should have been turned on, brightness should have been set to 100%, and you should be good to go.

Use Remote buttons to control Race Capture App

Now that your Race Capture dash automatically starts when you turn on the car, you can use remote buttons to control your Race Capture app to navigate the dashboard screens and hit Yes/No for pit to car messaging or popup alerts for a seamless dash experience.

See this video for more info on wireless remote buttons for Race Capture app. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPLRcKNz4_A