Telstra Purple supporting Airspeeder flying car races


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 24 September, 2021

Telstra Purple supporting Airspeeder flying car races

Telstra’s technology services business Telstra Purple has secured a deal to provide vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications for Airspeeder’s global series of electric flying car races.

Under the agreement, Telstra Purple will deliver the near real-time virtual race-control system for the high-speed races from the Airspeeder EXA series.

Telstra will also provide a 5G-powered spectator experience for the races through augmented and virtual reality devices.

The Airspeeder racing series has been created by the world’s only performance electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) manufacturer Alauda Aeronautics. The first flights took place near Adelaide in June.

Telstra Purple head Christopher Smith said the company has played a key role in supporting Airspeeder’s requirements for the races.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

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