JetRacer AI Kit

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JetRacer AI Kit
JetRacer AI Kit

AI Racing Robot Kit base on Jetson Nano Developer Kit





This is an AI Racing Robot kit based on Jetson Nano Developer Kit. Supports deep learning, auto line following, autonomous driving and so on.

User Guides

1. Hardware setup

2. Software setup

Step 1. Write JetRacer image to SD card
JetBot AI Kit Manual 1.jpg
  • After writing, eject the SD card
Step 2. Startup Jetson Nano Developer Kit
  • Insert SD card to SD card slot of Jetson nano (slot is under Jetson Nano board)
  • Power on JetRacer AI Kit, and connect the micro USB interface of Jetson Nano Developer Kit to your PC

【Note】You had better test the Jetson Nano Developer Kit before you assemble JetRacer

Step 3. Connect JeRacer to WIFI

All the examples use WIFI, we need to connect JetRacer to WIFI firstly.

  • Open a browser (we recommend you to use Chrome) and navigate to
  • Sign in with default password jetson
  • Open a terminal in Jupyter Lab by click File -> New -> Terminal
  • In the terminal, type the following command to list available WiFi networks, and find the ssid_name of your network. You can also skip this step if you have known the available network.
sudo nmcli device wifi list
  • Connect to the selected WIFI network. Please replace the <ssid_name> and <password> to the actual name and password.
sudo nmcli device wifi connect <ssid_name> password <password>
  • After getting the successfully information, please check the ip_addtess of Wlan0 interface by the following command
Step 4. Connect to JetRacer over WIFI
  • Unplug the USB cable from Jetson Nano
  • Close the previous Jupyter Lab Browser tab
  • Open a new browser tab and navigate to http://<jetracer_ip_address>:8888
Step 5. Install the python package
  • Access JetRacer by going to http://<jetracer_ip_address>:8888
  • Launch a new terminal. Default user name and password are both jetson
  • Get and install the latest JetRacer repository from GitHub.The some of the python package provided here are modified by Waveshare for Waveshare JetRacer AI Kit.
  • Update Jetcard Python
sudo mkdir ws
cd ws
sudo git clone
sudo cp jetcard/jetcard/ ~/jetcard/jetcard/
sudo cp jetcard/jetcard/ ~/jetcard/jetcard/
sudo cp jetcard/jetcard/ ~/jetcard/jetcard/
sudo cp jetcard/jetcard/ ~/jetcard/jetcard/
cd ~/jetcard
sudo pip3 uninstall jetcard -y
sudo reboot  #reboot and then install
cd ~/jetcard
sudo python3 install
  • Install JetCam Python package
sudo git clone
cd jetcam
sudo python3 install
  • Install torch2trt Python package
git clone
cd torch2trt
sudo python3 install
  • Install JetRacer package
git clone
cd jetracer
sudo python3 install
Step 6. Configure power mode

To ensure that the Jetson Nano doesn't draw more current than the battery pack can supply, place the Jetson Nano in 5W mode by calling the following command

  • You need to launch a new Terminal and enter following commands to select 5W power mode
sudo nvpmodel -m1
  • Check if mode is correct
sudo nvpmodel -q

【Note】m1: 5W power mode, m2: 10W power model

3. Examples

(1) Basic motion
  • Access JetRacer by going to http://<jetracer_ip_address>:8888, navigate to ~/Notebooks/basic_motion/
  • Browse to the folder ~/jetracer/notebooks in the Jupyter Lab file browser
  • Open basic_motion.ipynb file and following the notebook

【Note】You can click icon ▶ to run codes, or select Run -> Run Select Cells. Make sure the JetRacer has enough space to run.

If you get error when running the motion script, please open a new termial, resintall Adafruit-PureIO librares with following commands and try again.
sudo pip3 install --upgrade pip
sudo pip3 uninstall Adafruit-PureIO
sudo pip3 install Adafruit-PureIO
(2) Teleoperations
  • Access JetRacer by going to https://<jetracer_ip_address>:8888, navigate to ~/Notebooks/teleoperation/
  • Open teleoperation.ipynb file and following notebook
(3) Interactive-regression
  • Navigate to https://<jetracer_ip_address>:8888
  • Sign in with the default password jetson
  • Browse to the folder ~/jetracer/notebooks in the Jupyter Lab file browser
  • Open the notebook interactive_regression.ipynb and following it
(4) Road-following
  • Navigate to https://<jetracer_ip_address>:8888
  • Sign in with the default password jetson
  • Browse to the folder ~/jetracer/notebooks in the Jupyter Lab file browser
  • Open the notebook road_following.ipynb and following it

Guide of DonkeyCar




Three 18650 batteries are used and the voltage of every battery is 3.7V. Generally, the voltage per battery is 4.2V when full charging. Please use batteries without a protective plate.

BTW, Power of JetRacer is down when the voltage of the whole system is similar to 9V (it is not accurate), we recommend you to charge batteries if the voltage displayed is lower than 10V.
We recommend you to use high-quality batteries like Sanyo or Panasonic.
Batteries 18650 en.jpg



The 12V power adapter is used to charge the batteries. DO NOT directly connect it to Jetson Nano Developer board.

Please make sure that you have installed the codes of Waveshare instead of NVIDIA's. The drive codes of the motor are different between Waveshare's and NVIDIA's. If you have update the one from NVIDIA's, please remove the Jetracer folder and download ours by following step 5.



If you require technical support, please go to the Support page and open a ticket.