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(Updated from content published May 6, 2019)
With the AWS DeepRacer, Amazon has produced a new tool for developers to learn AI technologies like machine learning and reinforcement learning. The car is operated using Python programming, Amazon SageMaker, AWS RoboMaker, Amazon Kinesis Video Streams, Amazon S3, and Amazon CloudWatch. It uses reinforcement learning algorithms to improve racing ability over time. We saw the first demo of AWS DeepRacer back in 2018, and it has only gotten cooler since!
For those with a competitive streak, AWS takes the gamification of machine learning to new heights with AWS DeepRacer League, where developers can race their programmed cars in real-time competitions to battle for a chance to be flown to AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas.
If you don’t already have a car from last year’s AWS re:Invent, you unfortunately will have a bit of time to wait. While cars can be purchased quickly via Amazon for $399, the current estimated ship date is July 10, 2019. However, this does give you plenty of time to do your homework! Using Python, you can build reinforcement models in the AWS DeepRacer 3D racing simulator, which includes simulated tracks, training your model before eventually downloading it into your real DeepRacer car. If you don’t have one yet, you can always evaluate your model virtually.
After the car’s machine learning has been honed, developers race their cars in the league’s monthly online circuit; there are also in-person races at AWS Global Summits.
Events have taken place since May 7, 2019 at locations all around the world: Madrid, London, Mumbai, Ottawa, Stockholm, Osaka, and more. Remaining events for this year are listed below:
September 6, 2019: New Delhi
September 15, 2019: Bahrain
September 24, 2019: Singapore
September 26, 2019: Shenzhen
October 2, 2019: Switzerland
October 6, 2019: Toronto
If you're interested in more information, check out Amazon's Getting Started with AWS DeepRacer informational guide. Don't forget, AWS re:Invent 2019 is December 2nd to 6th, 2019, in Las Vegas.