What we're about

DEEP RACING (http://DeepRacing.com)

{Google Slides - Welcome to DeepRacing & Links (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mAvDbhBXf7r9jgIZGxaE3A75OOWpgEmstREqIEpSfYg/edit?usp=sharing)}

We are a group of Silicon Valley Deep Learning wizards, noobies, & hardware hackers, exploring and pushing the emerging autonomous robot/vehicle phenomenon, closer to reality - one hack at-a-time...

Home based in Palo Alto, CA for this meetup, but in collaboration with the DonkeyCar project, and the Oakland-based DIYRobocars movement, we aim to optimize towards performance and cost in a unique way.

DeepRacing like most small-scale robocar groups are riding the wave of innovation that is enabling the autonomous vehicle transformation but at the lower cost 1/10th-1/16th scale (i.e. using hacked remote control cars). This can be amazing fun, and very enlightening for those wanting to dive into 'hands-on' machine vision, machine learning, deep learning, autonomous vehicles, and in general *robotics*.

Inspired by:

(Donkeycar Project) (http://www.donkeycar.com/)

(DIY Robocars) (https://diyrobocars.com/)

(MIT Self-Driving 1/10 scale racing competition (https://youtu.be/MCmgfHjMIKg)) (https://youtu.be/MCmgfHjMIKg)

(The NXP Cup) (https://youtu.be/XnAVkBO7hSo)

Speaking of radical participation - please fill out this questionnaire before attending our first meetup!

Lastly, please take our DEEP RACING - BUILD SURVEY (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GFBVD86)!

Upcoming events (5+)

DeepRacing@TheShop - Bi-monthly Race/Hack/Build Event for Autonomous Vehicles

**New Track is UP!* So far so good with DeepRacing@TheShop. Although there are always little challenges - like bright shiny off-white-grey-ish floors. Hopefully just some polarized filters to the rescue...more below. Deep Racing Event Description - ~ Intro to the "hello world" of mini-autonomous vehicles and robotics+A.I. in general. - Join us to explore new sensor fusion techniques, use neural nets - from behavioral cloning to reinforcement learning. Explore computer vision and all kinds of hardware hacks as well, including digital fabrication techniques i.e. 3Dprinting & Laser Cutting. - Check out some fun photos [ https://goo.gl/4bpxLH ] **Before coming, please read through the DonkeyCar project** (http://docs.donkeycar.com) We will follow the Donkeycar project build to start, discussing modifications, and to exploring how to jump off towards real-world autonomous machine/vehicle innovations. **Put some sunglasses on that robot! Bring your polarized filters!** We will be trying these two: [ https://tinyurl.com/y7eraule ], [ https://tinyurl.com/y7s9kbvh ] but any cheap polarizer should do, even some broken polarized sunglasses should help eliminate some of the glare issues as depicted above. - We will also discuss DeepRacing structure and goals on how we plan to enable robotics innovation and push toward 'tech-parity' with the leading autonomous vehicle efforts. We feel we can possibly push beyond - all happening at the 1/10th scale! Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing N.B. - Still looking for a permanent home if you know anything in the SouthBay that will let us lay a track (some tape) down. An ideal warehouse/ office carpet space (15mx15m) in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or Mountain View area. Again - [masked]

DeepRacing@TheShop - Bi-monthly Race/Hack/Build Event for Autonomous Vehicles

**New Track is UP!* So far so good with DeepRacing@TheShop. Although there are always little challenges - like bright shiny off-white-grey-ish floors. Hopefully just some polarized filters to the rescue...more below. Deep Racing Event Description - ~ Intro to the "hello world" of mini-autonomous vehicles and robotics+A.I. in general. - Join us to explore new sensor fusion techniques, use neural nets - from behavioral cloning to reinforcement learning. Explore computer vision and all kinds of hardware hacks as well, including digital fabrication techniques i.e. 3Dprinting & Laser Cutting. - Check out some fun photos [ https://goo.gl/4bpxLH ] **Before coming, please read through the DonkeyCar project** (http://docs.donkeycar.com) We will follow the Donkeycar project build to start, discussing modifications, and to exploring how to jump off towards real-world autonomous machine/vehicle innovations. **Put some sunglasses on that robot! Bring your polarized filters!** We will be trying these two: [ https://tinyurl.com/y7eraule ], [ https://tinyurl.com/y7s9kbvh ] but any cheap polarizer should do, even some broken polarized sunglasses should help eliminate some of the glare issues as depicted above. - We will also discuss DeepRacing structure and goals on how we plan to enable robotics innovation and push toward 'tech-parity' with the leading autonomous vehicle efforts. We feel we can possibly push beyond - all happening at the 1/10th scale! Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing N.B. - Still looking for a permanent home if you know anything in the SouthBay that will let us lay a track (some tape) down. An ideal warehouse/ office carpet space (15mx15m) in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or Mountain View area. Again - [masked]

DeepRacing@TheShop - Bi-monthly Race/Hack/Build Event for Autonomous Vehicles

**New Track is UP!* So far so good with DeepRacing@TheShop. Although there are always little challenges - like bright shiny off-white-grey-ish floors. Hopefully just some polarized filters to the rescue...more below. Deep Racing Event Description - ~ Intro to the "hello world" of mini-autonomous vehicles and robotics+A.I. in general. - Join us to explore new sensor fusion techniques, use neural nets - from behavioral cloning to reinforcement learning. Explore computer vision and all kinds of hardware hacks as well, including digital fabrication techniques i.e. 3Dprinting & Laser Cutting. - Check out some fun photos [ https://goo.gl/4bpxLH ] **Before coming, please read through the DonkeyCar project** (http://docs.donkeycar.com) We will follow the Donkeycar project build to start, discussing modifications, and to exploring how to jump off towards real-world autonomous machine/vehicle innovations. **Put some sunglasses on that robot! Bring your polarized filters!** We will be trying these two: [ https://tinyurl.com/y7eraule ], [ https://tinyurl.com/y7s9kbvh ] but any cheap polarizer should do, even some broken polarized sunglasses should help eliminate some of the glare issues as depicted above. - We will also discuss DeepRacing structure and goals on how we plan to enable robotics innovation and push toward 'tech-parity' with the leading autonomous vehicle efforts. We feel we can possibly push beyond - all happening at the 1/10th scale! Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing N.B. - Still looking for a permanent home if you know anything in the SouthBay that will let us lay a track (some tape) down. An ideal warehouse/ office carpet space (15mx15m) in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or Mountain View area. Again - [masked]

DeepRacing@TheShop - Bi-monthly Race/Hack/Build Event for Autonomous Vehicles

**New Track is UP!* So far so good with DeepRacing@TheShop. Although there are always little challenges - like bright shiny off-white-grey-ish floors. Hopefully just some polarized filters to the rescue...more below. Deep Racing Event Description - ~ Intro to the "hello world" of mini-autonomous vehicles and robotics+A.I. in general. - Join us to explore new sensor fusion techniques, use neural nets - from behavioral cloning to reinforcement learning. Explore computer vision and all kinds of hardware hacks as well, including digital fabrication techniques i.e. 3Dprinting & Laser Cutting. - Check out some fun photos [ https://goo.gl/4bpxLH ] **Before coming, please read through the DonkeyCar project** (http://docs.donkeycar.com) We will follow the Donkeycar project build to start, discussing modifications, and to exploring how to jump off towards real-world autonomous machine/vehicle innovations. **Put some sunglasses on that robot! Bring your polarized filters!** We will be trying these two: [ https://tinyurl.com/y7eraule ], [ https://tinyurl.com/y7s9kbvh ] but any cheap polarizer should do, even some broken polarized sunglasses should help eliminate some of the glare issues as depicted above. - We will also discuss DeepRacing structure and goals on how we plan to enable robotics innovation and push toward 'tech-parity' with the leading autonomous vehicle efforts. We feel we can possibly push beyond - all happening at the 1/10th scale! Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing N.B. - Still looking for a permanent home if you know anything in the SouthBay that will let us lay a track (some tape) down. An ideal warehouse/ office carpet space (15mx15m) in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or Mountain View area. Again - [masked]

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