Velodyne Lidar has been selected to supply Roborace, with its Velarray H800 Lidar sensors set to be used in the electric-powered autonomous race series’ first season, which will commence in 2022.
“At Roborace, we are always searching for the best technology to build into our race cars and Velodyne has one of the best products available on the market,” said Chip Pankow, chief championship officer at Roborace. “The Velarray will help our cars achieve safe navigation and collision avoidance in competitive autonomous racing.”
Season 1 of the Roborace championship will feature multi-agent racing and metaverse elements, with each competition designed to provide a variety of challenges to the mix of commercial and university racing teams entered in the competition.
“Roborace is a proving ground for the next generation of mobility by putting self-driving technologies to the test in performance racing,” said Sinclair Vass, chief commercial officer at Velodyne Lidar. “With its long-range perception and broad field-of-view, the Velarray H800 is a great fit for Roborace’s autonomous race cars. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with Roborace in advancing innovation in the sport of racing.”
The Velarray H800 is a solid-state lidar sensor architected for automotive-grade performance. The sensor is built using the company’s proprietary micro-lidar array (MLA) architecture. This is claimed to give outstanding detection of peripheral, near-field and overhead objects while addressing corner cases on sloping and curving roads.