Ford is increasing its development of self-driving cars by more than doubling the size of its Silicon Valley lab. Its planning to use Velodyne Lidar who is the leading maker of an advanced radar that is an essential sensor in autonomous driving.
Ford is investing heavlily in California-based Velodyne bounces light off objects to asses shape and location along with cameras and traditional radar give self-driving cars a 360-degree view of their environment.
Velodyne said it will use the investment to “ rapidly expand the design and production of high performance, cost-effective lidar sensors,” with an aim to mass adoption. Ford said it’s also doubling the workforce to 260 at its Palo Alto, California, research center, which will substantially increase in size of the facility to 180,000-square feet over three buildings.
The changes are part of a broader announcement from Ford on its goal to expand autonomous-car development.
“We want the cost to be low enough to be used for all cars,” Marta Hall, Velodyne’s president of business development, said in the statement.