AWS DeepRacer League Update #17

Now that all May events have completed let’s have a look at the June races, and halfway through the month there’s already quite some action.

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Pro Division

Cosmic Circuit Pro (Source: AWS DeepRacer Console)

Race info:

  • 62.24 meters long
  • 107 centimeters wide
  • Head-to-bot format with four bot cars cruising at 2 m/s with lane changes every 4-6 seconds
  • Racers are trying to complete three laps
  • Each collision and each driving off the track results in a five seconds penalty
  • Top 16 go on into a live race which will be streamed on Twitch to fight for places in the League Finals and AWS DeepRacer EVOs
All submissions
Update time: 2021-06-14 19:00:00 UTC

Racers: 100
Total submission attempts: 10017
Best total time: 01:05.777 by ZhengYi-NYCU-CGI
Mean total time: 03:01.139550
Best lap: 00:21.155 by ZhengYi-NYCU-CGI
Mean best lap: 00:54.436250
Mean average lap: 01:00.379510

Halfway through the month we already have 100 racers with entries. Two details stand out compared to previous months: JJ is not leading (he hasn’t raced yet) and ZhengYi from NYCU started racing early (and is leading) – this breaks the pattern NYCU students got us used to with rather late entries. I am quite pleased with this decision as I am sure ZhengYi will contribute to a few twists in racing action. I am wondering if time under one minute is achievable.

Unsurprisingly mean total time is three times the best total time.

Top 20 submissions
Update time: 2021-06-14 19:00:00 UTC

Racers: 20
Total submission attempts: 8812
Best total time: 01:05.777 by ZhengYi-NYCU-CGI
Mean total time: 01:25.009100
Best lap: 00:21.155 by ZhengYi-NYCU-CGI
Mean best lap: 00:26.753850
Mean average lap: 00:28.336050

Top twenty shows a much more contact in racing The difference between the best and mean total time is only 19.23 seconds and we can only expect it to go even lower. ZhengYi’s time is looking very competitive but by no means should he expect to remain in the first spot without a fight, even within the top 16 contenders. Since I’m mentioning this, RogerRabbit is the only of the nine finalists that is in top 20 at the moment, there are four more lower in the ranks.

Rank Racer Total Time Avg Lap Best Lap Resets Submissions
1 ZhengYi-NYCU-CGI 01:05.777 00:21.925 00:21.155 0 94
2 dartjason 01:05.942 00:21.980 00:21.627 0 1151
3 RogerRabbit 01:06.498 00:22.166 00:21.268 0 882
4 RobinCastro-DBS 01:09.340 00:23.113 00:22.551 0 1138
5 Ernesto 01:12.373 00:24.124 00:23.207 0 209
6 Rober 01:19.953 00:26.651 00:25.730 0 59
7 Duckworth 01:20.602 00:26.867 00:25.733 0 495
8 Matt 01:20.614 00:26.871 00:25.837 0 97
9 AIDeepRacer 01:20.823 00:26.941 00:24.701 1 13
10 GT-DevelopersIO 01:21.373 00:27.124 00:23.565 2 92
11 EnBW-Flitzer 01:26.795 00:28.931 00:28.656 0 124
12 AJM-Model-1 01:28.019 00:29.339 00:28.548 0 194
13 kimwooglae 01:29.398 00:29.799 00:29.087 0 2013
14 think 01:29.793 00:29.931 00:29.524 0 1647
15 ABaykov 01:30.331 00:30.110 00:26.262 2 252
16 ShibaInu-DevelopersIO 01:34.943 00:31.647 00:28.928 1 57
17 TonyJ 01:38.097 00:32.699 00:30.365 4 22
18 Penguin-DNPds 01:45.318 00:35.106 00:34.324 3 15
19 MiLKB 01:45.526 00:35.175 00:32.136 1 256
20 kimmizian 01:48.667 00:36.222 00:31.873 2 2

The whole group is coming closer and closer with their times. While we have many known names returning to the racing game this month, one racer stands out: EnBW-Flitzer has joined the AWS DeepRacer League this year in the first pre-season race. Qualified through the March Open race, has had results outside the top 50 until now. Welcome to the top twenty, great time! Good luck in the remaining two weeks ­čÖé

Open Division

Cosmic Circuit Pro (Source: AWS DeepRacer Console)

Race info:

  • 26.18 meters long
  • 107 centimetres wide
  • Simpler and shorter than the pro track but still pretty challenging with a variety of straights and turns
  • Time Trial format
  • Competitors need to complete three laps and total time counts for their classification
  • Each off-track results in five seconds penalty.
  • Racers fight for qualification to the Pro group which is won by the top 10%
  • They will also receive a Pro Welcoming Kit which is a bit of a mystery

The Open Division track is slightly more forgiving with a milder turns section but still brings many challenges to the racers.

All submissions
Update time: 2021-06-14 19:00:00 UTC

Racers: 548
Total submission attempts: 3436
Best total time: 01:14.055 by Sing-1-Chetak
Mean total time: 04:09.132645985
Best lap: 00:21.996 by JPMC-Ace-Hyderabad
Mean best lap: 01:16.899489051
Mean average lap: 01:23.043874088

Already 548 racers this month. We may be expecting more towards the end of this month or in July as the AWS Machine Learning NanoDegree Scholarship Program with Udacity kicks off but this is still a good number – almost more than in May in the end. Even motr interestingly, hardly any names in the top 100 ring a bell. Around 55 qualifications now expected and the 55th racer is tc4 with time of 2:23.261. We’ll be referring to this time in the future updates. Sing-1-Chetak in the lead but JPMC-Ace-Hyderabad holding the best lap. I’ve noticed a few JPMS and DNP names, I suspect the companies will continue to expand their racers groups.

Top 20 submissions
Update time: 2021-06-14 19:00:00 UTC

Racers: 20
Total submission attempts: 449
Best total time: 01:14.055 by Sing-1-Chetak
Mean total time: 01:44.637750
Best lap: 00:21.996 by JPMC-Ace-Hyderabad
Mean best lap: 00:31.274900
Mean average lap: 00:34.878950

Again, not an awful lot of action in top 20 compared to the pro division.

Rank Racer Total Time Avg Lap Best Lap Resets Submissions
1 Sing-1-Chetak 01:14.055 00:24.685 00:22.795 1 22
2 JPMC-Ace-Hyderabad 01:21.648 00:27.216 00:21.996 6 1
3 edxtore-com-team1-yang 01:28.058 00:29.352 00:26.929 1 18
4 HBeserra 01:30.258 00:30.086 00:26.454 2 1
5 USJT-LIGHT-YEAR-TR00P 01:33.121 00:31.040 00:28.453 2 19
6 My1stDR-Model 01:34.322 00:31.440 00:31.001 0 66
7 Michael-IVECloud 01:35.683 00:31.894 00:28.727 1 86
8 DeepRacerDemo 01:41.714 00:33.904 00:30.136 2 4
9 Error-IVECloud 01:43.788 00:34.596 00:32.929 1 22
10 mayumi-nakagawa 01:43.923 00:34.641 00:28.252 4 21
11 Pedro-Santos 01:50.993 00:36.997 00:30.863 6 10
12 Prakhar 01:52.517 00:37.505 00:34.785 1 26
13 farrdoug 01:54.531 00:38.177 00:38.001 0 37
14 J0N4TH4N 01:55.286 00:38.428 00:35.875 1 7
15 racerMOON 01:56.411 00:38.803 00:34.606 2 45
16 Infrared-Wildcat-11 01:57.786 00:39.262 00:32.959 3 12
17 shingya 01:57.994 00:39.331 00:31.942 6 7
18 DababyConvertible 01:58.938 00:39.646 00:39.455 3 29
19 MikeUOG 02:00.601 00:40.200 00:35.076 3 5
20 Red-Cow-Rally-Team 02:01.128 00:40.376 00:34.264 3 11

Thank you for your time, I hope you enjoyed the update. Visit us soon for more news on AWS DeepRacer League.

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