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Autonomous Vehicles Ready to Transform Cargo and Baggage Services, Media Reports
Feb 16, 2021 | By Velodyne Lidar

Autonomous cargo and baggage ground support tractors have the potential to help deliver a significant increase in productivity, efficiency and labor savings in airport operations.

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.
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.

Simon Warburton, writing in Just Auto, covered how ThorDrive is using Velodyne’s Ultra Puck™ sensors to power their cargo and baggage tractors in a groundbreaking autonomous vehicle (AV) program at the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

The article quotes Brian Cobb, Chief Innovation Officer for CVG, saying:

“Our innovation partnerships focus on long-term viability and scale. This agreement is a hallmark event towards ThorDrive’s capacity to scale up with Velodyne’s advanced sensor technology.”

A story in Lidar News quoted Edward Shelton, VP of Business Development at ThorDrive, saying:

“Velodyne is our trusted, long term partner to deliver high quality, reliable sensors at an affordable price point. Our software is tuned to their sensors’ state-of-the-art capabilities, advancing our efforts in providing transformative solutions for airline logistics and future applications of our autonomous technology. In working with Velodyne as the industry leader, we will be able to realize the future of moving cargo, equipment and materials.”

Other media that covered this news included Auto Connected Car News, Aviation Pros, DEC Research News, Geospatial World and Unmanned Systems Technology.

Safe, effective materials transit is critical to airlines for the protection and handling of goods while maintaining tight flight schedules. Keep an eye on ThorDrive AVs as they work to help advance airport safety and cargo efficiencies.

About Velodyne Lidar

Velodyne Lidar (Nasdaq: VLDR, VLDRW) ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Velodyne is the first public pure-play lidar company and is known worldwide for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies. Velodyne’s revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide flexibility, quality and performance to meet the needs of a wide range of industries, including autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), smart cities and security. Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

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