Techies race (and crash) self-driving DIY Robocars in Oakland

on December 12, 2017

Every month, a group of technology enthusiasts meet in an Oakland warehouse to build tiny self-driving cars. “DIY Robocars” was organized by Chris Anderson, who also runs drone company 3DR. While these cheap, disposable cars aren’t as sophisticated as the ones being developed by Tesla or Google, Anderson says that the advantage of using them is that there is lots of room to fail.

“One of the things that we could do that the big guys aren’t going to do is crash a lot. So, by making things small and safe and cheap we can go head-to-head racing and get tons of hours on the road. We can iterate very quickly,” said Anderson.

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Photo by Basil D Soufi
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