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 (3)

COMPETITORS: Quarterly hack and race at Circuit Launch (and Brazilian BBQ)

SPECIAL NOTICE: COVID-19 ** As event hosts, Circuit Launch has confirmed that the event will go ahead pending official confirmation from Alameda County that community events like this can proceed. And once confirmed, we will update the Meetup with the guidelines as to how it will be run as per Alameda County advice. It is likely we will need to limit the number of attendees inside so we ask that you RSVP if you intend to come, but if you no longer intend on coming, please cancel your RSVP. Thank you! We will have several special rules this time: --Masks will be required indoors and out --Meals will be served outdoors --Please use provided hand sanitizer on every entrance and exit of the main doors ** Join us for our quarterly hack/race day our cool Oakland South location at Circuit Launch. Special final race: Human vs AI! This time we've got two new events: *Experimental Outdoors Track*. Inspired by the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (RIP), this will be in the parking lot outside Circuit Launch. This first one will just be a track for you to use but no official judging; once we have some feedback on the track we'll make it official for future events. What's different about outdoors: 1) you can use GPS, 2) bigger track, for faster and bigger cars, 3) real-world lighting conditions to stress your computer vision more! Guidelines for that are here: https://diyrobocars.com/2020/03/01/rules-and-guidelines-for-the-diy-robocars-outdoors-races/ *Proper Lidar maze*: If you've got a smaller car with Lidar and want to try it on a twisty turny track that has walls for your Lidar to see, we've now got one. We had some demo mazes in the past, but the walls were too low and 2D Lidar tended to miss it. Now we've doubled the height to 1 foot, which should be high enough for all cars. See it here: https://youtu.be/BK1lehbI8G8 THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS COMPETING. If you want to attend as a spectator, register here: https://www.meetup.com/DIYRobocars/events/267071698/ Agenda: • 10:00 am - 12:30pm: Training and testing • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Brazilian BBQ • 1:00 - 2:00pm: Indoor Races! • 3:00 - 5:00pm: Outdoor Races! ----------------------------------- There are two regular tracks, both with white outside lines and a yellow dashed center line, designed to model lanes on real roads. One is for racing, the other for training We will also a smaller structured-walls track (six-inch high rubber strips on inside and outside of track) for cars with Lidar or some other ranging sensor Rules are here: https://diyrobocars.com/2019/07/22/official-oakland-race-rules-2019-edition/ ----------------------------------- If you want to train or practice at the track before the event, Circuit Launch is offering a day pass that gives you access at any time. Here are the details: Circuit Launch Racetrack Day Pass - $19/day -Requires a 10 min in-person orientation prior to your first use. Includes: racetrack use, day use open desk, Electronics Lab access, hand tools, WiFi and common area usage.Does not include: 3D printers, Laser cutter, or power tool use (Some hand tools and soldering is included). Monthly membership required for these services as well as safety class. Email [masked] to schedule an orientation M-F 9-6pm and then you can sign up for your first visit. Sorry no last minute drop-ins until your 2nd day pass purchase. -------------------------------------- Don't worry if you don't have anything to bring/hack on. You're welcome to just hang out and do the meetup thing. Or help others hack their things. This is that brief moment where we can all be n00bs. Someday our cars are supposed to be perfectly safe and autonomous. But for now, let's hack and crash while we still can. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

SPECTATORS: Quarterly hack and race at Circuit Launch (and Brazilian BBQ)

SPECIAL NOTICE: COVID-19 ** As event hosts, Circuit Launch has confirmed that the event will go ahead pending official confirmation from Alameda County that community events like this can proceed. And once confirmed, we will update the Meetup with the guidelines as to how it will be run as per Alameda County advice. It is likely we will need to limit the number of attendees inside so we ask that you RSVP if you intend to come, but if you no longer intend on coming, please cancel your RSVP. Thank you! We will have several special rules this time: --Masks will be required indoors and out --Meals will be served outdoors --Please use provided hand sanitizer on every entrance and exit of the main doors ** Join us for our quarterly hack/race day our cool Oakland South location at Circuit Launch. Special final race: Human vs AI! This time we've got two new events: *Experimental Outdoors Track*. Inspired by the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (RIP), this will be in the parking lot outside Circuit Launch. This first one will just be a track for you to use but no official judging; once we have some feedback on the track we'll make it official for future events. What's different about outdoors: 1) you can use GPS, 2) bigger track, for faster and bigger cars, 3) real-world lighting conditions to stress your computer vision more! Guidelines for that are here: https://diyrobocars.com/2020/03/01/rules-and-guidelines-for-the-diy-robocars-outdoors-races/ *Proper Lidar maze*: If you've got a smaller car with Lidar and want to try it on a twisty turny track that has walls for your Lidar to see, we've now got one. We had some demo mazes in the past, but the walls were too low and 2D Lidar tended to miss it. Now we've doubled the height to 1 foot, which should be high enough for all cars. See it here: https://youtu.be/BK1lehbI8G8 THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS COMPETING. If you want to attend as a spectator, register here: https://www.meetup.com/DIYRobocars/events/267071698/ Agenda: • 10:00 am - 12:30pm: Training and testing • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Brazilian BBQ • 1:00 - 2:00pm: Indoor Races! • 3:00 - 5:00pm: Outdoor Races! ----------------------------------- There are two regular tracks, both with white outside lines and a yellow dashed center line, designed to model lanes on real roads. One is for racing, the other for training We will also a smaller structured-walls track (six-inch high rubber strips on inside and outside of track) for cars with Lidar or some other ranging sensor Rules are here: https://diyrobocars.com/2019/07/22/official-oakland-race-rules-2019-edition/ ----------------------------------- If you want to train or practice at the track before the event, Circuit Launch is offering a day pass that gives you access at any time. Here are the details: Circuit Launch Racetrack Day Pass - $19/day -Requires a 10 min in-person orientation prior to your first use. Includes: racetrack use, day use open desk, Electronics Lab access, hand tools, WiFi and common area usage.Does not include: 3D printers, Laser cutter, or power tool use (Some hand tools and soldering is included). Monthly membership required for these services as well as safety class. Email [masked] to schedule an orientation M-F 9-6pm and then you can sign up for your first visit. Sorry no last minute drop-ins until your 2nd day pass purchase. -------------------------------------- Don't worry if you don't have anything to bring/hack on. You're welcome to just hang out and do the meetup thing. Or help others hack their things. This is that brief moment where we can all be n00bs. Someday our cars are supposed to be perfectly safe and autonomous. But for now, let's hack and crash while we still can. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Virtual DonkeyCar (and other cars, too) Race

Online event

(This online event is being held in conjunction with the in-person race at Circuit Launch. The virtual race will be livestreamed on the same Twitch feed at the live race, which comes afterwards) Thanks to the amazing Tawn Kramer, 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 how it works: https://youtu.be/uXbQs_rjFBE 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/zTLGP7LAjjWiQmxe9 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/mossmann3333

Past events (54)

Virtual DonkeyCar (and other cars, too) Race #3

Online event

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