Velodyne LiDAR Inc. is opening a mega factory that will significantly ramp up production LiDAR sensors to meet high global demand.

“This mega factory 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, Velodyne LiDAR. “In addition, the location in Santa Clara County is ideal, as it allows us to produce LiDAR sensors in the U.S. with a skilled workforce alongside precision robotic manufacturing processes so we can continue to grow and deliver world-class products.”

Located in San Jose, Calif., the large facility has enough space for high-volume manufacturing and for the precise distance and ranging alignment process for LiDAR sensors as they come off the assembly line. The  mega factory is already producing Velodyne’s HDL-64 LiDAR sensor, with production ramping up across Velodyne’s entire product portfolio and more than 1 million LiDAR sensors expected to be built in the facility in 2018. The high-volume manufacturing is expected to feed the global demand for Velodyne’s solid-state hybrid LiDAR, the primary and critical instrument needed for autonomous car systems around the world, the company says.

In addition to the San Jose mega factory, Velodyne LiDAR has also opened a new research and development facility in Alameda, Calif. Known as Velodyne Labs, this location focuses on building advanced LiDAR, ASICs chip technology and new solutions to complete and compliment the company’s existing LiDAR lineup. The mega factory and R&D facility join existing corporate and production facilities in Morgan Hill, as well as new or expanding sales offices in northern California, the Midwest, East Coast, Europe and Asia. Taken together, Velodyne LiDAR has positioned itself in 2017 to increase its leadership position in the development and production of LiDAR sensors that provide 3D vision for industrial applications, UAVs and a rapidly expanding autonomous vehicle industry. In fact, Velodyne LiDAR is actively hiring in all locations for talent in a multitude of opportunities.

About Velodyne LiDAR
Founded in 1983 and based in California’s Silicon Valley, Velodyne LiDAR Inc. is a technology company that specializes in real-time LiDAR sensors. Since 2007, Velodyne LiDAR has emerged as a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of real-time LiDAR sensor technology used in a variety of commercial applications including autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, 3D mobile mapping, 3D aerial mapping and security.