One team that has shaken hands with Roborace is Velodyne Lidar. If you've never heard of Velodyne Lidar, it's because they like to play the game very underground. This company initially started back in 1984 when David Hall founded Velodyne Acoustics, a company specializing in subwoofer design. However, in 2004, this crew showed the world their LiDAR-designing expertise by entering the DARPA Grand Challenge.
One year later, this crew's real-time 3D LiDAR system would forever pave the way for autonomous vehicles. From Google to Ford and Caterpillar and even Mercedes-Benz, Velodyne is that crew that's helping your autonomous vehicle take flight.
Because Roborace vehicles are tuned to perform under stressful conditions, this presents designers and manufacturers of diverse autonomous systems with the perfect playground to optimize and develop current and future systems.
Why? Well, think about it. If you're a manufacturer of LiDAR systems, and the product you build can function at speeds and conditions rarely met in day-to-day driving, then you know it's going to do just fine the moment you transfer that tech into a less-soliciting setting. With Velodyne as part of the Roborace setting, it should help project this team's products to a level where few other companies will compete; that seems to be the plan anyway.
The system that Velodyne is currently furnishing Roborace with is Velarray H800. This solid-state LiDAR sensor released in late 2020 offers long-range perception (perfect for Roborace) coupled with countless Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). These features are necessary in keeping multi-million-dollar vehicles in working order.
Speaking of never missing a beat, H800 is designed to work in settings deemed problematic for previous systems. The solid-state function offers peripheral detection, near-field, overhead objects, and even handles sloping corners as though you were driving yourself.
Best of all, H800 is a pretty tiny system when you have it in your hands. after all, the images in the gallery show a pen just so you can see how small this system is. H800 will be used in Season One Championship series cars, currently, DevBot 2.0.
As for the entertainment aspect of Roborace, I recommend checking out one of the races to see what they're all about. Even a metaverse has been created where NFTs also take part in the action.
Together, these two teams are working hard to create a future where your vehicle can achieve full autonomy, or level 5. If these collaborations keep happening, technology will only progress faster and faster as it sees real-life testing and applications.