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Sensor-rich autonomous vehicle for self-driving applications

Autonomous Systems & Applied AI Autonomous Vehicle Control Mobile Robotics

QCar, the feature vehicle of the Self-Driving Car Studio, is an open-architecture, scaled model vehicle designed for academic teaching and research. It is equipped with a wide range of sensors including LIDAR, 360-degree vision, depth sensor, IMU, encoders, as well as user-expandable IO. The vehicle is powered with an NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX2 supercomputer that gives you exceptional speed and power efficiency.


Product Details

Working individually or in a fleet, QCar is the ideal vehicle to highlight self-driving concepts as skills activities, project-based learning experiences, research concept validation, and outreach showcases. Common topics include dataset generation, mapping, navigation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and more.

Supported Software and APIs
TensorFlow TensorRT
Python™ ROS 1 & 2
MATLAB Simulink C++
OpenCV Deep Stream SDK
VPI™ VisionWorks®
GStreamer Jetson Multimedia APIs
Docker containers with GPU support Simulink® with Simulink Coder
Simulation and virtual training environments (Gazebo, Quanser Interactive Labs)
Dimensions 39 x 21 x 21 cm
Weight (with batteries) 2.7 kg
Power 3S 11.1 V LiPo (3300 mAh) with XT60 connector
Operation time (approximate) ~2 hours 11 m (stationary, with sensors feedback)
30 m (driving, with sensor feedback)
Onboard computer NVIDIA® Jetson™ TX2
CPU: 2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit

+ 2 GHz Dual-Core NVIDIA Denver2 64-bit

GPU: 256 CUDA core NVIDIA Pascal™ GPU architecture, 1.3 TFLOPS (FP16)
Memory: 8GB 128-bit LPDDR4 @ 1866 MHz, 59.7 GB/s
LIDAR LIDAR with 2k-8k resolution, 10-15Hz scan rate, 12m range
Cameras Intel D435 RGBD Camera
360° 2D CSI Cameras using 4x 160° FOV wide angle lenses, 21fps to 120fps
Encoders 720 count motor encoder pre-gearing with hardware digital tachometer
IMU 9 axis IMU sensor (gyro, accelerometer, magnetometer)
Safety features Hardware “safe” shutdown button
Auto-power off to protect batteries
Expandable IO 2x SPI
4x I2C
40x GPIO (digital)
4x USB 3.0 ports
1x USB 2.0 OTG port
3x Serial
4x Additional encoders with hardware digital tachometer
4x Unipolar analog input, 12 bit, 3.3V
2x CAN Bus
8x PWM (shared with GPIO)
Connectivity WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 867Mbps with dual antennas
1x Micro HDMI ports for external monitor support
Additional QCar features Headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and reverse lights (with intensity control)
Dual microphones
LCD diagnostic monitoring, battery voltage, and custom text support


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