Build an Autonomous R/C Car with Raspberry Pi

In May of 2016, the Self Racing Cars group held their inaugural autonomous track day for full-size cars at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Northern California. Will and I both attended, but wouldn’t actually meet until a few months later. We were intrigued by the event, but we knew that full-sized autonomous racing cars were not for hobbyists like ourselves. Then in November, Chris Anderson announced a hackathon for scaled-down cars (later named DIYRobocars), and we both showed up excitedly. The new mini series included a league for 1/10th scale R/C cars, which is a perfect scale for a low-cost car. I brought an R/C car, a Raspberry Pi, and some hastily 3D-printed and laser-cut parts. While I was assembling my vehicle, Will introduced himself to me and asked if he could help — thus beginning the partnership that has led to the creation of the Donkey Self Racing Car.”