First rounds of Formula Pi autonomous car races
Formula Pi autonomous car races: Welcome to Formula Pi – the world’s first Raspberry Pi Autonomous race series. Formula Pi is a self-driving robot racing series where competitors send code to race equally matched robots.
Source: FormulaPi, the remote RaspberryPi-based racing series has started, and it’s proving both very interesting and further evidence that vision-based navigation is hard, even on a well-marked track.
Formula Pi is the latest Kickstarter project to come from PiBorg, the team responsible for the ZeroBorg motor controller, the wonderful DiddyBorg robot, plus a bunch of other wonderful Pi creations. We’re big fans.
Allowing backers from across the globe to participate, the Formula Pi project consists of two race events. Competing in either the Summer or Winter Series (or in both if they want), participants modify code to run the autonomous Pi Zero-powered cars around 23 laps of the course.
Formula Pi autonomous car races: Freeburn has previously used Kickstarter as a platform to launch ZeroBorg, the robots that use Raspberry Pi Zero as the controller and will act as the racers for Formula Pi. The vehicles will continue to use Pi Zero as the base and will support Raspberry Pi V1 and V2 cameras. Each of the car’s four wheels is driven by a six Volt Zheng DC motor, and the frame is built from two millimeter aluminum plate. The track itself features five turns, three straighaways and 22.9 meters of length in the center lane.