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Velodyne Lidar ushered in a new era of autonomous technology with the invention of real-time surround view lidar sensors. Known globally for its broad portfolio of breakthrough lidar technologies, Velodyne is the world’s first pure-play lidar company. Its revolutionary sensor and software solutions provide performance, quality and flexibility to meet the diverse needs of a wide range of industries. Through continuous innovation, Velodyne strives to transform lives and communities by advancing safer mobility for all.

1983

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David Hall founds Velodyne Acoustics as an audio company specializing in subwoofer design and production. He invents and patents industry-changing technologies that allow Velodyne to dominate the subwoofer space.

1995

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David Hall competes in the first season of Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors with Drillzilla, winning several competitions.

2004

Velodyne’s experience with sensors for autonomous vehicles begins when David Hall enters a vehicle in the DARPA Grand Challenge, a driverless car race sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

2005

David Hall invents real-time 3D lidar, revolutionizing the autonomous industry and paving the road for self-driving cars.

2007

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The HDL-64E becomes the first commercially available, mass-produced real-time 3D lidar.

2010

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Google (now Alphabet) begins testing self-driving cars on San Francisco Bay Area streets using Velodyne’s lidar technology. Alphabet’s first self-driving car prototype uses Velodyne’s HDL-64E lidar sensor.

2011

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Marta Thoma Hall joins David Hall as President of Velodyne.

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Velodyne donates one of its early prototype sensors to the Robotics Collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

2012

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Velodyne signs an exclusive contract with Caterpillar for lidar sensors to be used for off-road vehicles. The sensors enable Caterpillar to efficiently navigate quarries, farms, and work sites during construction.

2014

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Velodyne launches Puck.

2016

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Velodyne expands the Puck family with the launches of three sensors: Puck Lite, Puck Hi-Res, and Ultra Puck.

Ultra Puck becomes the first surround view lidar sensor with a range of 200m.

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. separates from Velodyne Acoustics, becoming an independent corporation.

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Ford Motor Company announces the expansion of its self-driving R&D vehicles powered by Velodyne Lidar’s Ultra Puck sensors.

 

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Velodyne Lidar receives a $150M investment from Ford and Baidu.

2017

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Velodyne Lidar launches Alpha Puck.

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Velodyne Lidar is an Honoree at the CES Innovation Awards, Drones & Unmanned Systems, for the Puck Lite.

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Velodyne Lidar is recognized by Fast Company as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Transportation.

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Velodyne Lidar is awarded the perception system contract from Mercedes-Benz.

2018

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David Hall is honored as the 2018 Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation.

Velodyne Lidar partners with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in a campaign to advance autonomous vehicles for improving roadway safety and preventing impaired driving deaths.

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Velodyne Lidar holds its first annual World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology.

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Velodyne Lidar is selected as Industry Choice Company of the Year by a panel of industry expert judges at the TU-Automotive Conference.

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Nikon becomes a strategic partner of Velodyne Lidar with an investment of $25M.

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Velodyne Lidar announces a collaboration with Hyundai Mobis to build lidar-based advanced driver assistance systems designed specifically for consumer vehicles.

2019

Velodyne Lidar wins a patent challenge, covering David Hall’s real-time surround view lidar technology.

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Velodyne Lidar launches VelaDome.

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Velodyne Lidar launches Vella.

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Velodyne Lidar wins the 2019 Automotive News PACE Award.

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Velodyne Lidar acquires Mapper.ai to strengthen its ADAS-based software portfolio.

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Velodyne Lidar joins forces with Veoneer with an automotive production contract.

Velodyne Lidar launches Alpha Prime.

Velodyne Lidar hits a milestone of 30,000 sensors shipped + .5 billion in cumulative sales.

2020

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David Hall becomes Chairman of the Board and Anand Gopalan becomes Chief Executive Officer.

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Velodyne Lidar launches Velabit.

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Velodyne Lidar and Graf Industrial Corp. announce business combination to form first publicly traded pure-play lidar technology company

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Velodyne Lidar is named TU Automotive Hardware Supplier of the Year.

Velodyne Lidar, the first public pure-play lidar company, begins trading on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol VLDR.

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Velodyne Lidar announces three-year sales agreement with Baidu.

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Velodyne Lidar launches Velarray H800.

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Velabit wins prestigious Best of What’s New Award from Popular Science

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Velodyne Lidar launches Velarray M1600.

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