Run a LIVE AWS DeepRacer Community Race - AWS DeepRacer

Run a LIVE AWS DeepRacer Community Race

You've created a LIVE race and invited racers. You've decided whether to broadcast your event privately or publicly with support from Broadcast a LIVE Community Race using AWS DeepRacer League Production Playbooks. Now, learn how to manage the queue, set up the race simulator and launch your racers.

Before you start

  • Use a Chrome or Firefox browser (Check that your browser is up to date)

  • Disconnect virtual private network (VPN) if using

  • Close all extra tabs

To run a LIVE virtual race

  1. On the Community races page, find the race card for the race you want to moderate and choose Join now to view the race.

  2. On the LIVE: <Your Race Name> page, under Race organizer control panel choose Launch simulator. This button becomes usable one hour before your race start time. You can hide this section of the Race organizer control panel by selecting the Launch LIVE racing simulator header.

    
                        Choose the Launch simulator button.
  3. Under COMING UP, toggle off Model entries open to close submissions. This will close model submissions and create an editable racer queue below the toggle. You can't launch racers until the toggle is switched off.

    
                        Toggle off Model entries open to close submissions.
  4. Open the video conference you created to gather your racers.

  5. Initiate a racer roll call:

    1. Check with the racers to ensure they can hear you clearly.

    2. Use video at first to introduce yourself. You may want to shut it off later to optimize bandwidth.

    3. Check that the list of people on the call matches the list of racers in your group.

  6. Initiate a model roll call:

    1. check that the list of alias’s in the Racer queue matches those of your racers and that none of them are highlighted in red, which means that their model did not successfully submit.

    2. Check in with your racers to see if they’re having any issues submitting their models.

  7. Review the race schedule and rules. Tell racers how much time they will have to race on their turn, and remind them that the leaderboard standings are determined by their single fastest lap during that timeframe.

  8. Explain that the Speed control feature, which will only be visible to the racer during their race, gives them the ability to manually set the maximum speed using the speed control slider, which temporarily overrides their model’s speed parameters, but not the steering angle. The model still steers, but racers can now choose key moments to increase or decrease their car’s speed by multiplying its rate. To return to using the model’s speed parameters, racers can reset the multiplier to 1. Remind racers that the Speed control slider is not the gas pedal; it’s an opportunity for a strategic real-time adjustment.

    
                        Racers can use the speed control slider to manually set maximum speed, which temporarily overrides
                            their model’s speed parameters, but not the steering angle.
  9. Next, explain that the video overlay of the race window features information to help optimize a racer’s performance. The track map overlay is divided into three sectors that change color depending on a racer’s pace. Green indicates the section of the tack where a racer clocked a personal best, yellow denotes the slowest sector driven, and purple signifies a session best. Racers will also find statistics detailing their best lap time, time remaining speed in m/s, resets, and current lap time.

    
                        The track map overlay is divided into three sectors that change color depending on a racer’s pace.
                            Green indicates the section of the tack where a racer clocked a personal best, yellow denotes the
                            slowest sector driven, and purple signifies a session best.
  10. Answer racer questions.

  11. Optionally, under COMING UP, choose Edit to reorder your race queue by grabbing and dropping racer names.

    
                        Grab and drop racer names to reorder your race queue.
  12. If you make changes to your racer queue, select Save to keep your edits or Cancel to discard them.

    
                        Select Save to keep your edits or Cancel to discard them.
  13. Launch the first racer in your queue:

    1. Launch each racer manually by choosing the Launch button next to the top racer queue name. On each racer’s turn, there will be a “10, 9, 8, 7, 6...” countdown animated in the console after you launch.

    2. On “Go!” the model will run for your chosen amount of time while being evaluated in real time.

    3. In the case of a model failing in the middle of the race, you will need to relaunch the racer using the Launch button next to their alias in the Racer queue.

    4. About 2 minutes before the current racer finishes, contact the next 2 racers in the queue through your conference bridge and confirm that they are ready to race.

    5. 30 seconds before the current racer finishes, give the next racer a 30-second warning.

    6. Launch the next racer as soon as you see that the current racer has finished. The end of the race is indicated by a checkered flag icon in the console. The racer’s Speed control is disabled and a replay of the race launches on the video screen.

    
                        Start an individual racer by selecting their launch button in your racer queue.
  14. Optionally, choose Reset simulator if you are experiencing issues with the simulator.

  15. You can also choose Clear leaderboard ranking if for any reason you'd like to reset the leaderboard, which will clear all entries.

  16. At the end of your race, choose the Declare winner! button, make final remarks to racers, explain how prizes will be distributed, answer questions, and close the video conference.