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Acquire a Go-Kart chassis.
Consider a kit from Top Kart.
Review available open-source designs
for inspiration and common practices.
Identify autonomous solutions to implement.
Consider implementing on small-scale first.
Bring your kart to Indy!
First year teams can run remote-controlled.
Build your Go-Kart as remote-controlled.
Validate powertrain, steering, throttle control
Choose which motor, controller, and battery system you want to make up your powertrain. Will you choose brushed or brushless? Synchronous or asynchronous/induction? Will your batteries be lead-acid or lithium?
What go-kart frame will you install your systems on? Top Kart has partnered with evGrand Prix to provide a brand new go kart kit at-cost for student teams. Learn more.
What kind of sensors do you want/need to finish the race? Choose your combination of RADAR, LIDAR, [RTK] GPS, IMU, CV, and many more.
What controls logic will you implement to drive your kart? There’s software to read/interpret sensors as well as software to calculate speed/steering commands. Consider open source solutions like OpenCV and ArduPilot. In addition, you will likely have firmware to run on your embedded microcontroller acting as an ECU.
An ECU (such as an arduino) will command your vehicle’s controls, but what system will run your autonomous software? Most self-driving projects implement some form of Raspberry Pi. Research popular additions like the Navio 2 for ArduPilot implementation.
For now, the race will consist of independent time trial laps. Who can achieve the fastest autonomous lap around the evGrand Prix track? Develop and tune your kart to navigate turns and straights as fast and efficiently as possible.