Past Meetup

Special evening race/hack at Voyage

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Join us for a special DIY Robocars race/hack evening hosted by our friends (and heroes) at Voyage, the superhot self-driving car company in Palo Alto!

It's like a regular DIY Robocars event, but in a real self-driving car company and with a special (details soon!) challenge related to what Voyage does, which is provide autonomous cars for the elderly in private retirement communities.

Also: better food and drink than regular DIY Robocar events ;-)

6:00pm - 7:15pm: Training and tweaking on the track
7:15 - 8:00: Pizza, drinks and presentations from Voyage team
8:00 - 9:00: Official racing heats, ending with the always-riotous all-cars autonomous demolition derby
9:00 - ?. Afterparty at Fred's, a nearby dive bar:

There will be at least two tracks. One is the usual one with white outside lines and a yellow dashed center line, designed to model lanes on real roads

The second track is a smaller structured-walls track for cars with Lidar or some other ranging sensor


• 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!