Amazon shows off tiny AI-powered race car

At the 2019 AWS Summit in Cape Town, Amazon showed off its impressive AWS DeepRacer vehicle.

The AWS DeepRacer is a 1:18-scale race car which is driven by reinforcement learning (RL), and is seen by AWS as an entry point into understanding this technology.

RL is an advanced form of machine learning which allows for the learning of complex behaviour without any defined training data. Instead, the vehicle uses a camera to view the track and implements a reinforcement model to power the throttle and steering.

While Amazon offers a cloud-based 3D racing simulator for those who want to test out the technology, at the 2019 AWS Summit, Amazon showcased a real-life version of the vehicle and challenged attendees to put themselves to the test.

As part of its efforts to drive interest in RL, AWS also runs the AWS DeepRacer League, which allows users to submit their lap times and see how they stack up against other racers.

AWS DeepRacer vehicles are available for pre-order online. Specifications and photos of the DeepRacer vehicle are below.

AWS DeepRacer Specifications
Vehicle 1:18 scale 4WD with monster truck chassis
CPU Intel Atom Processor
Memory 4GB RAM
Storage 32GB (expandable)
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Camera 4MP
Operating System Ubuntu OS 16.04.3 LTS
Drive Battery 7.4V/1100mAh lithium polymer
Compute Battery 13,600mAh USB-C
Ports 4 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, 1 x Micro-USB, 1 x HDMI

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