Roborace And Trimble Join Forces For An Autonomous Racing Series
California-based tech company, Trimble, have recently announced that they’re joining forces with Roborace, the world’s first motorsports competition featuring both electric-powered autonomous vehicles and human teams. In the upcoming first championship season, Roborace will be using Trimble’s Applanix POS LVX GNSS-inertial systems in all its autonomous race vehicles. Trimble will take on the role of Official GNSS-Inertial Positioning Technology Partner while providing Roborace’s engineering department with vital resources like technology and specialized knowledge. Trimble will also take advantage of Roborace’s global media platform in its upcoming major marketing campaigns.
“We are thrilled to be working with Roborace, the world’s first extreme competition of racing teams developing self-driving artificial intelligence for autonomous driving systems,” said Louis Nastro, Applanix’ Director of Land and Autonomous Vehicle Strategy. “Trimble systems, software and solutions for positioning and orientation are designed for pinpoint accuracy, efficiency and ease of use, and are perfectly suited for autonomous vehicle applications such as Roborace.”
Likewise, Roborace is excited about the alliance. “At Roborace we are always looking for the best technology to incorporate into our cars and we’re thrilled to announce this alliance,” said Chip Pankow, Roborace’s chief championship officer. “Trimble is a leader in the field and the small size and accuracy of the POS LVX is a perfect solution for us.”
Improving autonomous driving
Founded in 2015, Roborace has developed advanced AI driver software capable of autonomous driving. In 2019, the series hosted twelve races and six events that garnered over 36 million video views. Now, Trimble’s Applanix POS LV promises to improve autonomous driving by facilitating accurate pavement inspection, road geometry, road surveying, GIS database and asset management, and car dynamics. It’s created for use in even the most challenging GNSS environments. Small and robust, POS LVX is designed to integrate easily into smaller cars and autonomous platforms.
The issue of safety
Safety has always been a top priority in the development of driverless cars. Fortunately, regular human driving is already extremely safe, with around one death for every 100 million miles driven in the United States. When people do become involved in car accidents, consulting experienced accident lawyers is essential. Personal injury lawyers work on a driver’s behalf to win financial compensation for the accident in order to cover damages and loss of income, explain FVF Law (https://www.fvflawfirm.com/). In the realm of autonomous driving, Roborace uses advanced technology to minimize risk of accidents and improve safety on the road. For example, LiDAR navigation, AI cameras, GNSS positioning, and ultrasonic sensors are combined to allow vehicles to successfully navigate harsh racing conditions at maximum speeds.
The much-anticipated Season One of the Roborace series of events is set to begin in September 2021. In the meantime, Roborace plans to continue in its endeavor to inform and educate the global population about the benefits of autonomous driving and the latest exciting technological developments in the industry.
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