What we’re about
This is the race event companion to the DIY Robocars site 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. 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.
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 are resources that will help you build, hack and race these autonomous car, as well as lists of other groups and races.