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.

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COMPETITORS: Quarterly race at Circuit Launch

Needs a location

Our quarterly indoors race. It's fiendishly hard & crashtastic fun. Combines hairpin curves with an intersection for maximum danger. Take that, naïve AI and hacky line-followers! Only the smartest cars will survive.

Current lap record is 11 seconds. Can you beat that? How about when you're racing wheel-to-wheel with another car? Did we tell you about the intersection of death?

(It's also okay if you can barely move off the start line. This is all about having fun and learning from each other. No prize and no shame.)

Agenda:

• 10:00 am - 1:00pm: Training and testing

• 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Brazilian BBQ

• 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Indoor Races!

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The rules are here.

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.

Sign up for a day pass here

Other stuff that will be provided on the day of the event: Tables, chairs, power, wifi, coffee, food. And interesting fun.

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 race at Circuit Launch

Needs a location

Our quarterly indoors race. It's fiendishly hard & crashtastic fun. Combines hairpin curves with an intersection for maximum danger. Take that, naïve AI and hacky line-followers! Only the smartest cars will survive.

Current lap record is 11 seconds. Can someone beat that? How about when they're racing wheel-to-wheel with another car? Did we tell you about the intersection of death?

Agenda:

• 10:00 am - 1:00pm: Training and testing

• 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Lunch

• 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Indoor Races!

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The rules are here.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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