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Racing Vehicle

Racing / May 19, 2021

Following the success of the inaugural event last year, Self Racing Cars returns with a new track day designed to push autonomous cars towards true race-ready shape. We're expecting more cars, higher speeds, and some very clever engineering. We will be running a testing and competition event at Thunderhill West on April 1-2, 2017

Please apply to attend if you have any of the following things to test or demo:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Drivetrain innovation (electric or otherwise)
  • Sensors
  • Cameras
  • Software and Algorithms
  • Teleoperation
  • Connected Cars (v2v or v2i)

Independent and hobbyist teams are especially welcome. Smaller vehicles and robots can be tested and demoed in the paddock.

We can help match you with a driver and vehicle if you are testing systems, especially sensors.

We will be running timing and scoring for best autonomous laps the full-sized 2.1 mile track. Any vehicle that can make the two mile lap is welcome to attempt. Awards will be given for top performers in each class, with competition classes (e.g. "full-sized vehicle", "gas-powered go-kart", "teleoperated", etc.) to be determined as the event unfolds.

Udacity will be competing and sponsoring a prize for “fastest full track by an independent or small company team” and “fastest 1/10th scale lap". More details are available!

If you are interested in sponsoring a challenge, please contact us at

We are currently working on simple vehicle build based on a CIK competition go-kart so that there is a starting point for a future competition class. We are also working on a simple radio flags system. Both of these will be documented as they develop.

As with our last event, we will be sharing data collected with various sensors and systems. Developers building on your systems will be able to see what the output looks like in a real-world yet controlled situation.

Chris Anderson of DIYRobocars will be running two courses for smaller autonomous cars (1/10th scale and 1/16th scale), which can use cameras, GPS, LIDAR and other sensors to navigate the course. The larger track for 1/10th scale cars will have white lines and obstacles. The smaller track for 1/16th scale will be marked with RGB tape lanes. DIYRobocars also runs a monthly hack and test in Oakland, CA.