- Virtual race control system to be provided by Telstra Purple
- System to feed essential technical information to ground crews during events
Electric flying car series Airspeeder has announced a new multi-million dollar partnership with technology service business Telstra Purple.
As part of the deal, Telstra Purple will deliver a virtual race control system for Airspeeder's EXA Series which will allow for close racing using proximity sensors.
The system will also feed technical data to ground crews during test flights and races.
Additionally, Telstra Purple will provide Airspeeder with a 5G-powered spectator experience via augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR).
"In delivering on our vision to create the world's first racing series for electric flying cars we have been drawn to South Australia for some of the very best technical minds from motorsport, aviation and performance automotive," said Matt Pearson, founder of Airspeeder and Alauda Aeronautics.
"We are delighted to add to this incredible talent pool the capabilities of Telstra Purple.
"Together, we will hasten the arrival of a new mobility technology that has been promised for generations whilst bringing a new form of motorsport to millions of fans across the globe from some of the world’s most remote and beautiful locations."
Christopher Smith, head of Telstra Purple, added: "Cutting-edge racing requires cutting-edge capability which we've delivered through Telstra Purple's extensive expertise, technical capabilities and our strategic collaboration agreement with AWS, combined with Australia's most advanced 5G.
"Key components of Airspeeder’s race control system include private network communications, data visualisation, edge compute power and bespoke app development. Our communications expertise is critical for a sport that is driven by data from the ground up; the high speeds, low latency and high-capacity connectivity of Telstra 5G will change the way car racing is experienced.
"Just as Formula One has driven innovation for the cars we use today, Airspeeder’s vision for the world’s first electric flying car racing series has the potential to transform the way we move around cities."