Preparing a racing track

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There's a couple ways to prepare a track:

  • Print it - usually possible on vinyl or carpet. Vinyl has glare, carpet is expensive
  • Paint it - pick some base material like interlocking foam puzzles and paint the track onto them
  • Tape it - also pick some base material like the interlocking foam puzzles or just any floor and use a tape to prepare the track. The drawback is lack of contrasting colours outside of the track
  • Buy it

Joe Nielsen shared his advice on Slack:

For less than a hundred dollars you could use a canvas and some spray paint. Or if you have a floor with single dark color, use masking tape or duct tape to outline a track. For less than three hundred dollars you could use banner paper to outline a background on top of a banner paper track and secure with duct tape. For less than five hundred dollars you could use foam or carpet squares with a spray painted or painted track.

Time measurement

Nalbam has prepared a pressure sensor based time measurement: https://blog.nalbam.com/3318

Resources

Documentation on tracks: https://docs.aws.amazon.com/deepracer/latest/developerguide/deepracer-build-your-track.html

Optiz Consulting on track building: https://thecattlecrew.net/2019/02/12/how-to-build-a-deepracer-track/

ARCC on track building: https://medium.com/@autonomousracecarclub/guide-to-creating-a-full-re-invent-2018-deepracer-track-in-7-steps-979aff28a6f5

A store selling the track on vinyl: https://www.robocarstore.com/products/aws-deepracer-standard-track