Velodyne Lidar Signs Five-Year Sales Agreement with ThorDrive
Powered by Velodyne Sensors, ThorDrive Autonomous Vehicles Will Provide Cargo and Baggage Services at Airports Worldwide
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By utilizing ThorDrive’s vehicles, equipped with Velodyne Lidar’s Ultra Puck™ sensors, airlines are able to autonomously transport baggage and cargo to and from planes and throughout facilities at any time, day or night. (Photo: ThorDrive)
ThorDrive AVs, equipped with multiple Velodyne Ultra Puck sensors, were developed live in complex, safety-critical environments at CVG’s gates. Their proof of concept aims to advance airport safety and cargo efficiencies, with units to be sold by the end of 2021. In 2019, CVG, the 7th largest cargo airport in
ThorDrive chose Ultra Puck for its cargo transit vans because the sensor’s patented 3D surround view technology provides real-time object detection needed for safe, efficient navigation and dependable operation. Equipped with Velodyne’s lidar solutions, ThorDrive AVs use existing infrastructure and can operate in harsh weather conditions including rain, snow and ice, day and night. ThorDrive has been using Velodyne lidar sensors in developing its autonomous driving technology since 2010. ThorDrive is planning to expand its AV solutions further into the aviation ground support equipment market as well as to industrial and manufacturing applications.
“Our innovation partnerships focus on long-term viability and scale,” said
“Velodyne is our trusted, long term partner to deliver high quality, reliable sensors at an affordable price point,” said
“We are thrilled to work with ThorDrive as they deliver trailblazing AV cargo transit programs to airports in
ThorDrive is a full-stack developer of autonomous driving technology for the aviation, industrial and tier 1 automotive markets. With operations in
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