State of the Web 2015

Raceday is a state-of-the-art mobile and web-based platform. Because of that, we occasionally get questions about how (or if) Raceday works in remote areas and for racers who live in remote areas and might not have internet access.

Fear not. Raceday allows you to work offline if you have to, then update when you get connected again. But to be honest, we’ve yet to run into any issues with that, and I believe it is because of one simple fact: We are all online now.

Today I learned I was right about that. I took a look today at Mary Meeker’s stunning 2015 presentation on the state of the web. It’s chock full of great info for Geeks like me, but for Raceday, what stood out was the two graphs I have posted below.

The first shows that just 9% of the U.S. population had internet access back in 1995. In 2014, 84% of the U.S. Population had internet access. 84%! While I feel bad for the 16% without it, I gong to guess they are not people who would (or could) go out and race a motorized vehicle. Effectively, every racer in the U.S. has internet access.

In only one case have we heard of a driver who did not have access to register. That person was able to call the race club he belonged to, and they were able to pop open Raceday and take care of him in just seconds.

The other chart shows that 64% of the population has access from their smartphones up dramatically from just 18% in 2009. That growth rate has slowed slightly but is still a fantastic level of adoption for mobile technology.

Bottom line? We live in a 24/7/365 online world – and it’s going to keep going that way. The more we live online, the higher our expectations of what it’s like to use online anything. And that is precisely why we continually work to develop and improve Raceday.