What we're about

This is the race event companion to the DIY Robocars site (http://diyrobocars.com/) for people who want to make and race DIY autonomous cars of any size, from tiny 16th scale to full-size, including go-karts.

The primary focus of these meetups is to race or watch the races, and the official rules for that are here (https://diyrobocars.com/2019/07/22/official-oakland-race-rules-2019-edition/). But these events are also a great place to learn, meet other people interested in self-driving cars and otherwise have fun in a friendly, high-energy environment that's perfect for all ages.

You can read all about this group in this Jalopnik video (https://www.facebook.com/jalopnik/videos/10155562453520168/) or this CNBC article (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/12/tech-ceos-and-googlers-self-driving-car-races.html).

The overall aim of this group and these meetups is to make and race pro-level autonomous cars on a budget. That means that they're smaller than regular cars (from go-kart size, down to 1/16th scale) and can be used indoors.

But just because they're small and cheap doesn't mean that you can't run real autonomous car software on them. Rather than doing all processing on-board, these DIY robocars tend to transmit the data from their on-board sensors (cameras, sonar, lidar, radar, GPS or whatever else you have) via Wifi to a laptop that runs pro-grade AI and robotics software, including TensorFlow, ROS and the rest of the Udacity Self-Driving Car toolchain.

Here (http://diyrobocars.com/) are resources that will help you build, hack and race these autonomous car, as well as lists of other groups and races.

Upcoming events (2)

Training day and mini-race at Robot Block Party @Circuit Launch

As part of the Robot Block Party at Circuit Launch, we will have the DIY Robocars track open for training and light racing. Check out all the other events and get a little track time with your car to prepare for the next in-person race day in December

Virtual DonkeyCar (and other cars, too) Race

Online event

Thanks to the amazing Maxime Ellerbach and Jack Silberman, there is now a great online simulator that you can use to race virtual robocars, including full Donkey with deep learning. Not only that, but you can race head-to-head with other cars, both AI- and human-driven! Here's a video that shows one recent race: https://youtu.be/LNum69YvKLw?t=5065

Instruction to set up your own virtual car, train and test it are here: https://docs.donkeycar.com/guide/virtual_race_league/

You can get help and follow the discussion on this by joining the Virtual Racing Channel on the Donkeycar Discord here: https://www.donkeycar.com/community.html You can do that at any time (why not now?) but to actually race head-to-head with other competitors on the day of the event, you'll need to sign up for this event here.

YOU MUST ALSO ENTER YOUR EMAIL AND CAR DETAILS on the Google form here: https://forms.gle/6cbCzpyCotvSsa7N7

We'll send login details and other instructions closer to the day. Spectators are also welcome and can watch the races on Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/roboticists

Past events (73)

Virtual DonkeyCar (and other cars, too) Race

Online event

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