Intel confirmed today that they intend to join Airspeeder as their new Official Intelligence Partner in a strategic sponsorship agreement to provide end-to-end systems support and insights to help power the world’s first flying electric car racing series. The announcement coincides with public unveiling of the new Mk4 Airspeeder at Adelaide’s Motorsport Festival and will bring the global tech giant’s computing technologies to flying car racing.

As the Airspeeder Series’ Official Intelligence Partner, Intel’s Core and Xeon Scalable processors will help shape the sport to maximize its appeal to racers and fans alike. The new strategic sponsorship deal was revealed in a joint presentation at the Motorsport Show in Adelaide on March 25th, where Adelaide-based Alauda unveiled its new Mk4 Airspeeder – the first-ever piloted craft to take part in the Airspeeder race series.

“We’re incredibly excited to have Intel on board. The technology, insight and innovation it’s bringing to Airspeeder will transform our racing series, making it even more immersive and dynamic for pilots and spectacular for our audiences. Just as importantly, Intel’s ‘pervasive connectivity’ perfectly matches our vision of an always-connected, vertical-enabled future. Through the actionable insights provided by AI, we can achieve next-level eVTOL performance and control, which we see as the key to unlocking the future of private air mobility.” – Matt Pearson, CEO, Alauda Aeronautics.

“This is another example of Intel continuing to deliver the compute power needed to stretch the notion of what’s possible, make what was once science fiction a reality, and transform the way we live our lives. Helping Airspeeder bring this new concept to life has the potential to not only change the way we race, but also opens up endless possibilities in urban mobility.”- Andrew McLean, Managing Director ANZ, Intel.

Why it’s important: The partnership between Airspeeder and Intel will help to enhance the IT infrastructure and technological support network of Airspeeder as they work to bring their flying car racing series to a larger scale. Further, the announcement also is one of the first IT partnerships within the aerial mobility industry, offering Intel the chance to gain insights into the types of data that are collected and offloaded from unmanned aerial mobility systems along with the operational constraints and concerns of the industry. Potentially, lessons learned from Intel’s partnership with Airspeeder could eventually expand beyond just that of the flying car racing industry and into the general aerial mobility sphere.

Posted by Naish Gaubatz