Velodyne Lidar supports future AV developers in Formula Student

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Velodyne Lidar contributed sensors to 20 university teams from across Europe during the 2019 Formula Student educational engineering competition. The students used Velodyne Lidar technology in the form of Velodyne Puck, Puck Hi-Res and Ultra Puck sensors in powering the AVs that they built and placed into competitions throughout the continent.

Formula Student teams with Velodyne Lidar competed at the Silverstone circuit in the UK, at Fiorano circuit in Italy and at Hockenheim, Germany, where 19 teams participated in the driverless challenge. The AMZ Racing Team from ETH Zürich dominated the Hockenheim event, winning the driverless competition powered by Velodyne sensors.

“Through Formula Student competitions, next-generation engineers learn how lidar 3D perception powers autonomous vehicles,” said Erich Smidt, executive director Europe, Velodyne Lidar. “It is a privilege for our company to work with these remarkable students as they reinvent automotive technology.”

“Participating in the Formula Student competition gives students hands-on experience in many different areas including in the development of autonomous vehicles,” said Christian Guba, head of department for Perception and Environment Modeling on the 2019 TU Darmstadt Racing Team (pictured). “Lidar sensors play an important role in driverless vehicles and help us to improve our skills in perception algorithms.”

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Based in Calgary, Canada, Graham covers automotive, technical, motorsport and business assignments for clients in Europe and North America. He previously spent 11 years as a writer and editor for international magazines published in the UK, including Autonomous Vehicle International, and sister publication, Automotive Testing Technology International.

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