For reasons that I can’t fully fathom, but which include some degree of schadenfreude on my part, I stumbled into the DeepRacer page on Amazon. It’s now selling for $349, which is $50 off the original price of $399. That’s a hefty chunk of change for me either way, especially when I put in an initial order back in December 2018 for a mere $250.
Here’s a link to DeepRacer just in case you might actually be interested: https://www.amazon.com/AWS-DeepRacer-Fully-autonomous-developers/dp/B07JMHRKQG/ref=sr_1_1
Sometime in late 2019 Amazon finally shipped it out, which had to have been sometime in October or November, because I waited until September of 2019 before I just canceled my order. Based on user comments, it’s a good thing I did. It ain’t very pretty. Let’s take a peek!
(1 star) The product is pretty primitive in terms of readiness for commercial launch
The product was delayed three times almost a year later after the order was placed. The product remains pretty primitive in terms of extra length wires, difficult to access switches, foggy displays. There is no development environment setup for the racer on AWS. Neither were there in the cloud a simulator of the racer hardware as claimed in the advertisement. Also I can not find a procedure to down load the software into the racer again as claimed.
The return window was closed when I decide to return it about 4 months after I received it although I had only a chance to work on it for a few days due to holidays and travels.
The product needs quite a bit of development before it is ready for commercial launch.
(1 star) Get DeepRacer finally but it doesn’t work
I got the DeepRacer today finally after waiting for about one year. Cannot wait to open the box and take a look. All the parts are included as the online video describes. There is a very obvious scratch on the shell. See attached photo. Seems like the packaging needs to be improved.
After charging the batteries, followed the online videos to assembly the car and connect it to WIFI successfully. But always got error “Vehicle battery not connected” when trying to calibrate it. Tried to disconnect/connect the battery and switch on/off it for a few times, but no luck. Don’t know what is wrong with it.
Really disappointed after waiting for such a long time and getting a not-working product.
(1 star) Does not work. Red error light and no way to get past it.
I have a deep racer car and all I get is the red light light. It won’t boot and can’t get it to go into the bios. I have tried multiple keyboards and created a bootable usb drive to reset it and still just a red light.
(2 star) Delayed and damaged
Car has 2 big holes in the front where it has cracked and broken. V disappointing after waiting so long for it to arrive
(2 star) Not reliable
Delivery was delayed 3-4 times, and resulted in a year of waiting.
– The setup is straight forward with the online manual and instruction videos.
– Car has suspension and seem durable.
– System runs on Ubuntu 16.04. Easy accessible and configurable.
– Motion battery runs out after 10 minutes.
– Camera feed is flaky. Sometime it doesn’t work, and requires restart. Happens about 40%.
– No software simulation. Hard to debug, and hard to understand the issue from the software standpoint.
I think I’ll stop here. You can read a lot more by following the link to the product. If I were an executive at Amazon I’d be deeply embarrassed over how this entire product has launched and shipped. But this is Amazon after all, so they really don’t care.
They don’t have to, they’re Amazon.