learn AI, and help the duckies get around

The Duckietown project develops autonomy learning experiences that are accessible, open, and fun!


  • July 20: We have created a Kickstarter to make it easy for everybody to get a Duckiebot. Sign up by Aug 1, 2018 to get a Duckiebot in time to follow along for the Fall 2018 classes.
  • July 20: We are organizing the AI Driving Olympics (AI-DO). Read more in the announcement.

Our story

Duckietown started as a class at MIT in 2016 (duckumentary). It then grew to a worldwide initiative. In Fall of 2017, a coordinated class was taught at ETH Zürich, Université de Montréal, TTI Chicago, and NCTU Taiwan. In Fall 2018, the platform will be used for a the “AI Driving Olympics” live competition at NIPS 2018. 

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Our mission

The Duckietown platform

The platform that we develop has two components: Duckiebots and Duckietowns. Duckiebots are low-cost mobile robots that are built almost entirely from off-the-shelf parts. The only onboard sensor is the forward-facing camera. Duckietowns comprise the road, which is constructed from exercise mats and tape, and the signage which the robots use to navigate around. 

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Duckietown for education

The Duckietown platform is primarily used for robotics autonomy education. We have developed a  “class-in-a-box” that comprises lectures, exercises, and theory, that combine with the physical robot platform to reinforce the core concepts.  

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Duckietown in research

The Duckietown platform has also been used extensively for research on mobile robotics and physically embodied AI systems. We are very excited to announce the AI Driving Olympics, which will be a live competition at NIPS 2018.

Use the platform for research…

Duckietown for independent learners

A primary focus of the project is to make it accessible with a low barrier of entry to all demographics in the world. To date, we have active communities in many different regions.