Abu Dhabi’s inaugural autonomous car race series transforms fan experience with Vislink and Focal Point VR technology

A groundbreaking partnership between Vislink Technologies, Inc. and Focal Point VR Ltd. is set to revolutionize motorsport entertainment in Abu Dhabi, as the A2RL (Abu Dhabi Autonomous Racing League) series gears up for its thrilling debut season.

Managed by Aspire, the program and business development arm of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council, this innovative collaboration with Vislink aims to redefine the fan experience by blending virtual reality with cutting-edge wireless video and data transmission technology.

The A2RL series launches on April 27th, 2024, at the renowned Yas Marina Circuit, where autonomous car racing meets state-of-the-art technology. AI-powered Dallara-built Super Formula cars, reaching speeds of up to 300 km/h, will compete for a prize pool of $2.25 million.

As motorsport enters a new era, the competition intensifies for the attention of fans worldwide. Focal Point VR introduces an immersive VR experience that transports fans onto the racetrack, offering a real-time, 360-degree view from the perspective of the AI drivers. This unprecedented access promises to revolutionize fan engagement with motorsport.

Mickey Miller, CEO of Vislink, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with ASPIRE and A2RL to advance autonomous car racing and deliver unparalleled entertainment experiences. Our collaboration with virtual reality leader Focal Point VR utilizes Vislink’s reliable, low-latency video to connect fans with the excitement of the cockpit.”

Vislink’s state-of-the-art wireless video and data transmission solution plays a vital role in this immersive VR experience. Onboard Vislink transmitters will capture IP from Focal Point VR’s immersive camera system and deliver live footage seamlessly, even under high-speed conditions, bringing the excitement of the races to fans worldwide.

Jonathan Newth, CEO of Focal Point VR, emphasized the unparalleled experience offered to fans, stating, “We’re excited to provide a Virtual Reality experience that immerses fans in the heart of the action, setting a new standard in sports engagement.”

Stephane Timpano, CEO of ASPIRE, highlighted the transformative nature of the partnership, stating, “This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in redefining live event engagement. By harnessing cutting-edge technology alongside visionary partners like Vislink and Focal Point VR, we are not only revolutionizing the fan experience but also unlocking new avenues for audience engagement. Together, we are propelling the A2RL series into a new era of immersive entertainment, setting the stage for unprecedented innovation.”

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