Velodyne Lidar Provides Sensors for Autonomous Racing Series

By Mike Ball / 29 Dec 2021

Velodyne Lidar sensors in ROBORACE autonomous car

Velodyne Lidar has been selected as the official lidar sensor provider for ROBORACE, the world’s first autonomous car racing series. ROBORACE will use Velodyne‘s solid-state Velarray H800 sensors in its electric-powered autonomous race cars for the Season One championship series.

Velodyne and ROBORACE engineering teams have been working collaboratively on the development of the autonomous race cars, and the Velarray H800 was selected by the ROBORACE engineering and design team due to Velodyne’s technical prowess and sensor performance and reliability.

ROBORACE was created to accelerate development of autonomous driving systems by pushing the technology to its limits in a range of safe, controlled environments. ROBORACE provides the platform, organization and support, while racing teams are responsible for their own code and strategy. Season One of the ROBORACE Championship will feature multi-agent racing and Metaverse elements with each competition designed to provide a variety of challenges. There are commercial and university racing teams in the competition.

Velodyne‘s Velarray H800 is a solid-state lidar sensor designed for automotive-grade performance. The sensor is built using Velodyne’s breakthrough proprietary micro-lidar array (MLA) architecture, and provides excellent detection of peripheral, near-field and overhead objects while addressing corner cases on sloping and curving roads. It is designed for safe navigation and collision avoidance in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous mobility applications.

Chip Pankow, ROBORACE’s Chief Championship Officer, commented: “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. The Velarray will help our cars achieve safe navigation and collision avoidance in competitive autonomous racing.”

Sinclair Vass, Chief Commercial Officer at Velodyne Lidar, noted: “ROBORACE is a proving ground for the next generation of mobility by putting self-driving technologies to the test in performance racing. 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.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact