Sunday, May 31, 2015

Batteries and electrical devices policy update

 With upcoming release of Detroit Milestone, we're changing a way batteries and vehicle's electrical devices operate.

Batteries purchased after 1st of June, 2015 will be copyable. It means that you will be able to re-rez them and reinstall into your vehicles. However, to not render Charging Unit useless, there's a 24 hours of delay between replacing batteries again. If you'll try to replace battery within 24 hours after adding fresh battery to the vehicle, you'll be presented with next message:
So, you'll have to use charging kit or wait 24 hours to pass.

Electrical devices.
We also changed the way electrical devices work in new cars. From now on, there's no more electricity consumption by on-board devices, however it still spent on cranking a starter, and this time it is based on multiple parameters. If you run out of battery charge during startup, all on-board devices will be shut off in usual manner. Recharging the battery still works the same.

GEMC, 2015.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Detroit Milestone manual

Common features.
1. Fuel - this vehicle is equipped with GFS fuel system. It uses REGULAR FUEL. It has one fuel tank, accessible from the back side. Fuel capacity is 24 gallons(91 litre).
Fueling position.
2. Electricity - this vehicle is equipped with battery and electricity consumption system. Battery is located in the front of the engine compartment. It supports all GEMC batteries types, so you can choose your favorite one. OEM battery for this vehicle provide 80Ah output.(see Batteries and electrical devices policy update for details).

3. Gearbox - Detroit Milestone is equipped with automatic gearbox. You can switch between positions with E/C or PgUp/PgDn buttons.
Gearbox positions:
P - parking;
R - Reverse;
N - Neutral;
D - Drive;
1 - 1st gear;
2 - 2nd gear. 

Starting sequence.
4. Detroit Milestone is equipped with new realistic startup procedure. Click key on the dashboard once to switch on ignition, and then click+hold to crank up starter. Depending on car's conditions, startup time may vary.

5. Other way of starting car up is clicking and holding a button on GEMC UniHUD v2(manual).
And last way is to use gesture(in this case you just have to press a combo of buttons once, and wait for car to start up).

Custom features.
6. Lights - lights controls are placed on left side from gauges cluster. There's a switch for headlights lift, park lights,, dim and high beams, as well as fog lights switch. Hazard lights switch is located to the right from gauges cluster, in same compartment with windows controls.

7. Other controls - this vehicle is equipped with two-speed windshield wipers, you can find wipers switch in same compartment with lights controls. To change speed, click "Wipers speed" button located to the right from ignition key.
Nearby, there are two more buttons, one is for adjusting interior clocks located in the middle, and another one is for resetting the trip counter(placed inside speedometer gauge).
Also, there's a power lock switch, located in same compartment with windows controls and hazard lights switch(to the right from gauges cluster).

Most of these functions can be operated with GEMC UniHUD v2(manual), or with provided gestures.
Dashboard controls.
8. Interior moving parts - Detroit Milestone has a number of moving pars within its interior. You can interact with visors, glovebox, ashtray, and armrest on front bench(this particular unit can also serve as a limiter, to let only one extra person sit in front).

9. Hood lever - unlike our old vehicles, where you had to click the hood to open it, on this car you have to click the hood lever located on left side under the dashboard. Click it to make hood lock to come off. Now you can click the hood to open it. Click the hood again to close. 
Hood lever location.
Duty equipment.
10. This vehicle is equipped with certain ammount of duty-centered devices, such as lightbar, spotlight, additional lights on pushbar, as well as taxi meter and roof light.

11. Once you enabled some part of duty equipment, there will be control units placed around dashboard. Lights control unit will be placed on the bottom of dashboard to the right from steering column, and siren control module will show under center console.
To operate duty lights, click respective buttons on lights control unit.
To select siren mode click a knob on siren control unit to advance, and click+hold for 1.5 sec to revert to previous mode. Also you can press red button to the left to operate siren manually.
To control spot light, use GEMC UniHUD v2(manual). Also you can use it to operate lights and sirens. Or you can use gestures.

12. Taxi meter - you can click the "Duty" button to switch it on and off, and click "Vacant" flag to start or stop an operation. When taxi meter is operating, it will start calculating fare(50 cents/mile or 10 cents a minute when standing still).
Duty equipment controls.
13. Pickable equipment - you can enable "Police" kind of luggage for vehicle's trunk. There's a certain item that can be picked and used when clicked(blue metal box with "Police Equipment" words on it).

Vehicle condition and repairs.
14. Detroit Milestone sports totally new damage system. When in ideal condition, this vehicle doesn't overheat, or break down. However, when driven violently(i.e. over-revving, burning tires, and so on), it begins to recieve damage that will affect vehicle performance, and can lead to fast overheating, breaking down, backfiring, high fuel consumption, and so on.

15. To check how good your vehicle is doing, click its body to get a menu, then go to "Vehicle", and select "Diag Data" option. You will be presented with some data such as fuel level, level of damage, and level of battery charge.

16. When your engine breaks down, you can click it, select "Repair" option, and perform a fast repair to make it running again.
Once overall damage level goes over 50, you will be presented with another option, "Major repair", that allows you to remove damage from your vehicle. This operation takes quite a time(removing 100% damage takes 100 seconds), but can be aborted at any time, so you can remove just part of the damage and be good to go.

Certain custom parts such as supercharger can affect engine's durability, so it damages faster, as well as takes less time to overheat, and consumes more fuel.

17. This vehicle can give room to 5 passengers and a driver. However, you can decrease this number to 5 total persons by lowering an armrest on front bench, so there will be no room for middle passenger in front.

18. Passengers can click a vehicle's body and recieve their own copies on GEMC UniHUD v2, which will be modified to give limited controls.(passengers will be able to control their respective door windows, and adjust their sit positions with HUD controls).
GEMC UniHUD v2 as seen by passenger.
19. Sit position of every occupant is recorded, and when they re-enter the vehicle, they will be placed on their adjusted positions.
If a person entering a seat is not the one who was sitting on it last time, sit position will be reset to neutral, and require to be adjusted again.

Custom parts.
20. This vehicle is customized by using the Custom HUD. In this iteration, it also has a palette for coloring the vehicle(since new UniHUD doesn't have one).
There are various addons that can change vehicle's look or performance.

21. Detroit Milestone is able to tow GEMC trailers(make sure you have updated your trailers to v2+).
To do so, you have to enable hitch on Detroit Milestone Custom HUD("Body" tab).

Templates for custom liveries.
Detroit Milestone body textures template(4096x4096 original, 131MB)
Detroit Milestone body textures template(1024x1024 compressed, 10.3MB)

GEMC, 2016.

Time to meet new UniHUD \o/


UniHUD v2 manual

 Actual version: 2.22

In this article we will highlight most of functions of our new main HUD - GEMC UniHUD v2. There are some major differencies from previous iteration, so read carefully.

UniHUD v2+ typical look

 Main pannel.
 On the picture above you can see the general layout of the new HUD. Some parts of it will change from vehicle to vehicle once you enter it, and some others, like audio player and odometer will remain persistent.

 There are four main pannels on top part of the HUD. Left pannel is dedicated to more or less common controls for vehicle's lights, and horn. They are pretty self-explaining.
 Following it, there's a pannel that allows you to utilize some advanced controls over vehicle's systems, such as indicators, power lock, and so on.
 Third pannel is used for duty equipment - various lightbars, flashers, audio equipment, and such.
 Fourth(far right) pannel is used for controlling the moving pieces of your vehicle. In case of upcoming Detroit Milestone it can be a spot light, or seat positions of driver and passengers.

 On the bottom of the HUD we have additional array of controls. To the far left there are controls for HUD visibility, GEMC's SL Marketplace page access, and menu with buttons for reaching this manual, getting gestures, and locating an active vehicle.
 To the left from the middle there are different buttons for Windows controls, passengers eject, seat adjusting, and vehicle customization.
 This set of buttons is followed by two screens, first one shows a distance travelled with active vehicle, and another one shows number of current music track, and level of sound.
 In the bottom right resides a last pannel, our old trusty loops player with some new additions. 

Additional controls.
 Picture above shows hidden pannels and functions, not visible by default. Pay attention to color of outlines around hidden pannels and corresponding buttons on HUD.

 With this HUD we have number of gestures included for easy operation. Most of them are identical to- and compatible with NTBI's EVHUD gestures, and few are unique to UniHUD, such as wipers, and engine control.

Audio player.
 With this iteration of UniHUD, your loop tracks are stored within the HUD, and are sent to vehicle on demand. This way you don't have to record all your tracks again and again for each vehicle you use. In addition to standard player controls, we also have a "shuffle" button. Pressing this button enables tracks shuffle, so the tracks will be played in a random matter. The length of playing track vary in range of 100-150 seconds.
If you don't want to record your loops one by one, you can go for bulk record. To do so, write all your UUIDs in a notecard, 1 uuid per line, without additional symbols or spaces, save the notecard and drag it onto the UniHUD. It will record those UUIDs in a matter of seconds.

Passengers controls.
 By clicking the vehicle, certain passengers can recieve a copy of UniHUD as well. Once they wear it, it will be modified to give passengers controls over some functions of the vehicle, such as windows, or seat adjustments. If vehicle has no functions available for passengers, it will give no HUDs.

 With this HUD, eject function is operated by a single button, and will present an owner/driver with a menu with list of persons onboard, ready to be ejected.

You can resize UniHUD using regular Edit mode.

GEMC, 2015.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Travelmate E40-series manual

Main screen
1. Main screen.
Main screen of this tablet presents four options - Web access, navigation, tablet settings, and online manual access. On the bottom bar there are two buttons, one allows you to return to previous page, and another - to return to main screen. Also there are digital clocks(in the right bottom corner).

Web page
2. Web access.
It's simple - just touch the WEB word on screen, and it will let you access the internet("Allow media to auto-play" option must be enabled). By default, homepage is set to GEMC official blog. You can replace homepage with yours by editing tablet's description field(in Edit mode). Just paste the adress of the website you want to be a homepage to the description field.

Navigation screen. Red dot shows the destination
3. Navigation.
This unique module allows you to navigate through a current region in quite a fancy manner. You can input your destination, and announcer's voice will tell you which turn to take, and how much distance left. To input a destination, you can click on a map appearing in center of the screen, or touch a gray pannel to the right of the map and input your destination coordinates by hand(format: <x, y, z>). There are on-screen instructions for helping you with setting up your destination.

Settins screen
4. Settings.
This screen allows you to contol various aspects of tablet's appearance and performance.
4.1. Time.......12/24 - by clicking "12/24" you can switch time between 12h or 24h output.
4.2. Adjust......+1 H - by clicking "+1 H" you can move your time forward by 1 hour, so you can setup your local time or any other you want.
4.3. Voice......M/F - this option allows you to change navigation announcer's voice between "male" and "female" versions.
4.4. Theme - on this screen you can pick a theme or a "wallpaper" for your tablet's main screen. There are 4 default choices and ability to put custom one. To replace current wallpaper with your custom one, just click the "CUSTOM" word, and paste UUID of your wallpaper's texture into the textbox appeared on your screen(basically it's same way as changing liveries or adding music to loops player on GEMC vehicles).

5. Help.
Clicking "HELP" word will bring up a dialogue menu with link to this manual.

External buttons view
6. External controls.
There are three three buttons on the outside of tablet. Two on top are meant to adjust volume, and one on left side is a Power button.

7. Permissions and limitations.
This item can't be linked to any GEMC vehicle.
This item is sold with "Modify" and "Copy" permissions(for geometry), so it means you can change its size, position, and rotation, as well as link to your objects.
This item can be controlled by owner only.

GEMC, 2015