What we're about

DEEP RACING (http://DeepRacing.com) WEBSITE

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*.

***EVEN IF WITHOUT CAR - BRING YOUR LAPTOPS!***
If you are eager to dive in and start coding ***BRING YOUR LAPTOPS***, even if you don't have a vehicle -especially if you are a coder that is curious. There is much to go through, and we even have a loaner car, to work on in groups. There is also a donkey simulator, that is an awesome 'hello world/intro' into the world of sim-to-real model building, so again ***BRING YOUR LAPTOPS!***.

DonkeyCar Rpi <> DonkeyCar NANO conversions ; Jetson NANO - Jetracer

Many of us have built a few Donkey Car variants, and looking for more control over the vision stack and in general the data acquisition & processing stack, maybe even daring to tweak the inferencing-engine happening on-hardware?

Luckily we have an answer to that in the NVIDIA NANO and Google CORAL single board computers that have recently come out. Many have acquired and started on the former, but looking for the latter(CORAL) as well. I think we can all learn tremendously from the new platforms, and welcome all that are building, to show up with their hardware and simply 'hack with us'.

Inspired by:

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

(NVIDIA JETRACER) (https://github.com/NVIDIA-AI-IOT/jetracer)

(DIY Robocars - RACE EVENT OAKLAND) (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))

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

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@Circuit Launch, Oakland (DIYRobocars): Build day A.V.'s/mini-Robocars

DeepRacers, participate in monthly hack/race day in Oakland @Circuit Launch, organized by DIY Robocars. Want to build that donkey car, 1/10th scale car, robot, CNC or 3D printing machine but need tools, space and a bit of help? A new series of build days have kicked off at Circuit Launch in Oakland. Build day is free - you only need to supply your own kit or project materials. Circuit Launch provides the space, tools and help if needed. They also have some kits to buy - see photo below with the list and prices. They're posting a lot of Build Day sessions during August while they find out a regular day and time that works for most people. Then they’ll run a Build Day session (or two) on a regular basis going forward. Right now, if fewer than 3 people sign up for a session then it may be canceled. Please register through Eventbrite so we can get a clearer indication of preferred days and time for the community. http://bit.ly/CLBuildDay Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing

DeepRacing@Auro.ai/Ridecell :Bi-monthly Race/Hack/Build - A.V.'s/ mini-Robocars

Welcome to the Deep Racing Meetup Event! **Before coming, please read through the DonkeyCar project** (http://docs.donkeycar.com) What we call the ultimate intro i.e. the "hello world" of mini-autonomous vehicles and robotics+A.I., in general" (Credit: Will Roscoe, Adam Conway) -OR- NVIDIA's JetRacer (https://github.com/NVIDIA-AI-IOT/jetracer) OR F1-Tenth (http://f1tenth.org/build.html) - We will follow the Donkeycar & NVIDIA'S JetRacer build to start, discussing modifications, and exploring how to jump off towards real-world autonomous vehicle[machine] innovations. Join us to: - Participate in community-based learning to explore neural net architectures - from behavioral cloning to reinforcement learning - Explore computer vision, prototyping & hardware hacks in robotics, including topics are digital fabrication techniques for making hardware hacking as quickly and useful as possible i.e. 3Dprinting & Laser Cutting - Explore new sensor fusion techniques Check out some fun photos from our DeepRacing.com website: [ https://goo.gl/4bpxLH ] We will also discuss DeepRacing structure and goals on how we plan to enable robotics innovation pushing towards 'tech-parity' with the leading autonomous vehicle efforts. We feel we can possibly push beyond the full-scale efforts - prototyping faster, racing harder, faster - all happening at the 1/10th scale! Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing

DeepRacing@Auro.ai/Ridecell :Bi-monthly Race/Hack/Build - A.V.'s/ mini-Robocars

Welcome to the Deep Racing Meetup Event! **Before coming, please read through the DonkeyCar project** (http://docs.donkeycar.com) What we call the ultimate intro i.e. the "hello world" of mini-autonomous vehicles and robotics+A.I., in general" (Credit: Will Roscoe, Adam Conway) -OR- NVIDIA's JetRacer (https://github.com/NVIDIA-AI-IOT/jetracer) OR F1-Tenth (http://f1tenth.org/build.html) - We will follow the Donkeycar & NVIDIA'S JetRacer build to start, discussing modifications, and exploring how to jump off towards real-world autonomous vehicle[machine] innovations. Join us to: - Participate in community-based learning to explore neural net architectures - from behavioral cloning to reinforcement learning - Explore computer vision, prototyping & hardware hacks in robotics, including topics are digital fabrication techniques for making hardware hacking as quickly and useful as possible i.e. 3Dprinting & Laser Cutting - Explore new sensor fusion techniques Check out some fun photos from our DeepRacing.com website: [ https://goo.gl/4bpxLH ] We will also discuss DeepRacing structure and goals on how we plan to enable robotics innovation pushing towards 'tech-parity' with the leading autonomous vehicle efforts. We feel we can possibly push beyond the full-scale efforts - prototyping faster, racing harder, faster - all happening at the 1/10th scale! Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing

DeepRacing@Auro.ai/Ridecell :Bi-monthly Race/Hack/Build - A.V.'s/ mini-Robocars

Welcome to the Deep Racing Meetup Event! **Before coming, please read through the DonkeyCar project** (http://docs.donkeycar.com) What we call the ultimate intro i.e. the "hello world" of mini-autonomous vehicles and robotics+A.I., in general" (Credit: Will Roscoe, Adam Conway) -OR- NVIDIA's JetRacer (https://github.com/NVIDIA-AI-IOT/jetracer) OR F1-Tenth (http://f1tenth.org/build.html) - We will follow the Donkeycar & NVIDIA'S JetRacer build to start, discussing modifications, and exploring how to jump off towards real-world autonomous vehicle[machine] innovations. Join us to: - Participate in community-based learning to explore neural net architectures - from behavioral cloning to reinforcement learning - Explore computer vision, prototyping & hardware hacks in robotics, including topics are digital fabrication techniques for making hardware hacking as quickly and useful as possible i.e. 3Dprinting & Laser Cutting - Explore new sensor fusion techniques Check out some fun photos from our DeepRacing.com website: [ https://goo.gl/4bpxLH ] We will also discuss DeepRacing structure and goals on how we plan to enable robotics innovation pushing towards 'tech-parity' with the leading autonomous vehicle efforts. We feel we can possibly push beyond the full-scale efforts - prototyping faster, racing harder, faster - all happening at the 1/10th scale! Any questions - please email: [masked] #TeamDeepRacing

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