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)

Pre-race training/testing night at Circuit Launch

Circuit Launch

This is the best time to get in some last-minute training, testing and track-time in a relatively relaxed environment before the madness of the Sept 21 race. Free and no Circuit Launch membership required.

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

Join us for our monthly hack/race day our cool new Oakland South location at Circuit Launch. Special final race: Human vs AI! THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR SPECTATORS ONLY. If you want to compete as an individual or team, register here: https://www.meetup.com/DIYRobocars/events/262812821/ 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! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

COMPETITORS: 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. Special final race: Human vs AI! THIS REGISTRATION IS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS COMPETING. If you want to attend as a spectator, register here: https://www.meetup.com/DIYRobocars/events/262812797/ 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 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. -------------------------------------- Other stuff that will be provided on the day of the event: 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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