After deciding that we will build a self-driving golf cart, it’s time to buy a golf cart! Craiglist is the natural place to go. After several insulting phone calls from disrespectful callers, we finally narrowed it down to a Yamaha Electric.

This 1,000$ beast is not perfect, namely, the front cover is broken and one of the seat backs is eroded. Personally, I think we paid a little too much for this thing. But a normal golf cart cost around 3-4k. It will do the job!

The ’09s beast is not perfect, several broken/decayed parts

Michael and I had a really good time driving this around his house.


At the end of the day, we realized that we have a lot of things to do. We have absolutely no idea how to control the steering, accelerator, brakes. I am sure we will figure it out.


Posted by:NeilNie

Student at Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Prev. software engineer intern at Apple. More than six years of experience developing iOS and macOS applications. Experienced in electrical engineering/microcontrollers. From publishing several apps to presented a TEDx talk in machine learning. Striving to use my knowledge, skills, and passion to positively impact the world.

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