Velodyne LiDAR Cuts Ribbon on San Jose ‘Megafactory’

Velodyne LiDAR Inc., a provider of light, detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology, has opened up a new “megafactory” that the company says will significant ramp up production of its 3D LiDAR sensors, including for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Located in San Jose, Calif., the facility – already in operations – has enough space for high-volume manufacturing, as well for the precise distance and ranging alignment process for LiDAR sensors as they come off the assembly line, the company explains.

“This megafactory provides Velodyne LiDAR the space it requires to manufacture its cutting-edge, long-range sensors in a single location, as well as the ability to scale to meet growing global customer demand for LiDAR while pursuing an aggressive growth strategy,” says Mark Shandley, vice president of operations for Velodyne.

In addition to the San Jose facility, Velodyne LiDAR has also opened a new research and development lab in Alameda, Calif. Known as Velodyne Labs, this facility focuses on building new solutions to complement the company’s existing LiDAR lineup.

Velodyne recently announced a new design for a solid-state LiDAR sensor that can deliver a subsystem cost of under $50 U.S. when sold at a high-volume manufacturing scale, according to the company.

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