RACECAR/J – Programming the Electronic Speed Controller

February 13, 2018 kangalow 34

Before we can run RACECAR/J, we need to program the electronic speed controller, called a VESC, for the motor and steering. Looky here: Background For RACECAR/J, we replace the stock TRAXXAS ESC with Vedder Electronic Speed Controller (VESC) version 4.12 compatible hardware. The major reason for the change is to Read more …

RACECAR/J Software Install

RACECAR/J Software Install

February 5, 2018 kangalow 25

In the previous article in our RACECAR/J Build Series, we finished the initial assembly of the base robot. Now it is time for the Software Install. Looky here: Background In the video, we install the software for the “MIT Hardware Configuration – Version 2.5” of RACECAR/J. This includes support for Read more …

Lex Fridman @ MIT
Deep Learning

Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars

January 31, 2018 kangalow 2

The course MIT 6.S094: Deep Learning for Self-Driving Cars is currently in session. Course instructor Dr. Lex Fridman states that “Our goal is to release 1 lecture every other day until all 20 lectures and guest talks are out. It’s important to me to make this course free and open Read more …

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RACECAR/J Initial Assembly

January 28, 2018 kangalow 2

In Part One and Part Two of the RACECAR/J Series, we built the chassis and platform decks. Now it’s time to put them together. Looky here: Introduction Building even a simple robot like RACECAR/J usually means several assembly steps. Now that we’ve built the chassis and the platform decks, it’s Read more …
Information 72 Hour Self Driving Car Challenge

January 25, 2018 kangalow 1

Let’s say that you are tired of fiddling around with scale cars and the idea of being confined where your car drives. Break out of that rut with during a long weekend in Brisbane, Australia! In the 72 hour challenge you will build a full size self-driving car Read more …

RacecarJ Lower Platform FI

RACECAR/J Platform Preparation

January 24, 2018 kangalow 2

RACECAR/J Platform Preparation is the second step of building RACECAR/J. In an earlier article we prepared the chassis, here we will be working on preparing the platform decks and adding some electronics. Looky here: Background One way to think about RACECAR/J is that it consists of two parts. The first Read more …


State of JetsonHacks 2017

December 31, 2017 kangalow 3

Thank you for reading and participating in the JetsonHacks community. Wishing everyone an absolutely great 2018! At this time of year, it is fun to recap some statistics about the website. A lot of people are curious how many other people are using JetsonHacks. JetsonHacks Website When JetsonHacks was first Read more …


RACECAR/J Chassis Preparation

November 30, 2017 kangalow 15

This is the first step of building a RACECAR/J. Here we prepare the chassis by removing parts we do not use, and upgrading the springs and bumper. Looky here: Background RACECAR/J is derived from the open source MIT RACECAR, an “open-source powerful platform for robotics research and education”. The first Read more …