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.

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Virtual DonkeyCar (and other cars, too) Race

Online event

Thanks to the amazing Tawn Kramer, there is now a great online simulator that you can use to race virtual robocars, including full Donkey with deep learning. Not only that, but you can race head-to-head with other cars, both AI- and human-driven! Here's a video that shows how it works: https://youtu.be/uXbQs_rjFBE Instruction to set up your own virtual car, train and test it are here: https://docs.donkeycar.com/guide/virtual_race_league/ You can get help and follow the discussion on this by joining the Virtual Racing Channel on the Donkeycar Discord here: https://www.donkeycar.com/community.html You can do that at any time (why not now?) but to actually race head-to-head with other competitors on the day of the event, you'll need to sign up for this event here. YOU MUST ALSO ENTER YOUR EMAIL AND CAR DETAILS on the Google form here: https://forms.gle/uD3nGqyULYunBJ4bA We'll send login details and other instructions closer to the day. Spectators are also welcome and can watch the races on Twitch here: https://www.twitch.tv/roboticists

Outdoors race at Circuit Launch

Circuit Launch

As we tiptoe back into in-person events at Circuit Launch in Oakland, the first one will be an outdoors event. Inspired by the Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (RIP), this will be in the parking lot outside Circuit Launch. This first one will just be a track for you to use but no official judging; once we have some feedback on the track we'll make it official for future events. What's different about outdoors: 1) You can use GPS. RTK base stations (Swiftnav and Reach) will be provided for those whose cars are equipped to use them. 2) You can use other external positioning systems. A Marvelmind ultrasonic beacon system will be in place for those using that 2) It's a bigger track, for faster and bigger cars, 3) Real-world lighting conditions to stress your computer vision more! Guidelines for the race are here: https://diyrobocars.com/2020/03/01/rules-and-guidelines-for-the-diy-robocars-outdoors-races/ To comply with Alameda County Covid guidelines, we are limiting attendance to 50 people (just those who want to bring a car and try it out). The event will be socially distanced and all participants must wear masks throughout. There will be no lunch provided this time, but there are nearby places with outdoors seating. We hope to also resume indoors racing at Circuit Launch in Q1, Covid permitting.

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Virtual DonkeyCar (and other cars, too) Race

Online event

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