Harkening back to its roots in autonomous vehicle challenges Velodyne is reporting tremendous success at China’s fifth annual Future Challenge earlier this month. On a course designed to test their capabilities — Velodyne’s 3D LiDAR technology was on board all of the top eight finishers.
In all, eleven unmanned vehicles designed primarily by Chinese universities – and one South Korean institution — competed in the challenge, in Changshu, Jiangsu Province. The race was organized by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), as part of its Cognitive Computing of Visual and Auditory Information initiative.
Vehicles were put through both suburban and urban road tests, over a 23-kilometer course. Cars on the course needed to demonstrate the ability to recognize light, eliminate human and vehicle interference, successfully detour around construction zones, turn around and come to a stop. All were also required to establish the ability to make a U-turn, accelerate and decelerate. Performance was graded on a “4s” scale: safety, smartness, smoothness and speed.