What we're about

This is the event companion to the DIY Robocars site (http://diyrobocars.com/), which is for people who want to make and race DIY autonomous cars of any size, from tiny 16th scale to full-size, including go-karts. Meetups are opportunities to hack, compete, and show and tell. Meetups will typically be in a space where 1/10 cars can be run indoors and have nearby parking lots where 1/10th scale and go-karts can be raced or just tested. Full-size autonomous cars are welcome, but we may not always have space to run them in driverless mode.

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 (1)

Quarterly hack and race at Circuit Launch (and Brazilian BBQ!)

Join us for our monthly hack/race day our cool new Oakland South location at Circuit Launch https://youtu.be/i-x_-L4uBpc Agenda: • 10:00 am - 12:30pm: Training and testing • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Brazilian BBQ • 1:00 - 2:00pm: 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: • 1.5 meter (5 foot) wide course with borders in[masked]mm (3-4 inch) wide white tape. • yellow tape at the centerline 35mm – 55mm (1.5-2 inch) wide • The course must have at least one left turn, right turn, hairpin turn(1.5m outside radius) and gradual turn ( >3m outside radius) • Course should fit in a box 20m x 15mUp to 3 cars at a time (for now) • Course may not be smooth so the car should be able to handle step shaped bumps of up to 25mm (1 inch) • People will stand 2 meters away from the track. • The primary race is a time trial, where a single racer is timed for a single lap and three consecutive laps. • Races are clockwise, and although cars can go outside the white lines, they must pass all the checkpoint cones. • Racers are given three attempts to get their best time, which can be used in a single heat or spread out over several heats. • After the time trials, there is also a wheel-to-wheel race between any cars that would like to participate. Typically only two cars at the track at the same time, but exceptions can be made for smaller cars. ----------------------------- Other stuff that will be provided: Tables, chairs, power, wifi, coffee, pizza. 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!

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