AWS DeepRacer
Developer Guide

This is prerelease documentation for a service in preview release. It is subject to change.

Drive Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle

After setting up your AWS DeepRacer vehicle, you can start to drive your vehicle manually or let it drive autonomously, using the vehicle's device console.

For autonomous driving, you must have trained an AWS DeepRacer model and have the trained model artifacts deployed to the vehicle. In the autonomous racing mode, the model running in the inference engine controls the vehicle's driving directions and speed. Without a trained model downloaded to the vehicle, you can use the vehicle's device console to drive the vehicle manually.

Drive Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle Manually

If you have not trained any model or have not deployed any trained model to your AWS DeepRacer vehicle, you can't let it drive itself. But you can drive it manually.

To drive a AWS DeepRacer vehicle manually, follow the steps below.

To drive your AWS DeepRacer vehicle manually

  1. If you have not already done so, sign in to your vehicle device console, using your computer, tablet or mobile phone. For more information, see Set Up Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle .

  2. On the vehicle's streaming video player on the device console, click, tap or touch a position within the displayed track to drive the vehicle. The track image displayed on the video player is from the vehicle's camera.

  3. Repeat Step 2 to continue driving the vehicle along the track.

Drive Your AWS DeepRacer Vehicle Autonomously

To drive your AWS DeepRacer vehicle autonomously

  1. Make sure that you have a trained AWS DeepRacer model ready. If not, follow this quick-start instruction to train your model.

  2. On the AWS DeepRacer console, choose a finished training job and then download the chosen model artifacts.

  3. Connect your AWS DeepRacer vehicle to your computer via the USB cable and then copy the downloaded model artifacts to the Model folder on the USB drive.

  4. Follow the vehicle setup instructions to sign in to the vehicle's device console, and then do the following for autonomous driving:

    1. Choose the autonomous racing mode.

    2. Choose a model from the list of the models downloaded in the previous step (Step 3). This will start loading the model into the inference engine and the process takes about 10 seconds to complete.

    3. Place your vehicle on the track, tap the Start Driving button to set the vehicle to drive itself.

    4. Watch the vehicle drive on the physical track or the projected track on the device console.

    5. After the vehicle stops (you may need to manually stop it), you can repeat from Step 4.2 to choose a different model for another drive.