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Velodyne lidar supports ThorDrive’s autonomous driving commercial vehicle services in pilots

Utilizing Velodyne lidar sensors, ThorDrive, an autonomous vehicle (AV) startup, is introducing commercial vehicle services in the first of many pilots.

The initial service, in partnership with Hassett ACE Hardware, will support select residents of Channing House (senior housing) and fire departments in Palo Alto, California with plans to expand to additional pilots soon. The ThorDrive platform is using Velodyne’s lidar sensors to provide rich data content for its AV software.

The ThorDrive platform has been designed to provide the highly accurate sensor fusion, high-precision localization, and detailed path planning needed to operate in dense urban environments. It can build maps for hyperlocal areas, such as private parking lots. The platform has been demonstrated to support proof-of-concept tests quickly and cost effectively.

ThorDrive has been using Velodyne lidar sensors in developing its autonomous driving technology since 2010. The company retrofits Ford vans with its AV technology and they will be deployed as a fleet of autonomous vehicles across the United States, addressing commercial and logistics markets.

ThorDrive, based in Silicon Valley, has been developing autonomous driving technology since 2010, and was established as a company in 2017.

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