Thursday, January 19, 2017

New San Jose high-tech 'megafactory'

Veoldyne LiDAR has chosen South San Jose as its location to manufacture cutting-edge sensors for advanced tech such as self-driving cars. LiDAR is similar to radar, but uses light from a laser instead of radio waves to create a three-dimensional image. Next time you see a prototype autonomous vehicle on the freeway, look for the spinning disk on the roof. That is a LiDAR sensor. It is also used for drone aircraft and industrial robots.

Manufacturing will take place in a 200,000 SQFT building at 5521 Hellyer Avenue, formerly home to Nanosolar until 2013. Hundreds of high-paying San Jose jobs will be created and production is expected to begin soon.

Source: SVBJ


  1. Thanks to years of inept leadership, San Jose's profile is as big as Newark New Jersey. San Jose's big latest idea is to recycle our own sewer water for drinking water, making us the laughing stock of the country. Soon they will propose creating a pipeline to pump the sewage from San Francisco (which uses pure water from Hetch Hetchy none of which goes to San Jose) so we can bathe and drink San Francisco's toilet water.

    1. Not sure about the water recycling stuff, but I've always thought we're the New Jersey of the Bay Area. It's a really accurate analogy.

    2. Maybe I missed the connection, but what does this have to do with a factory opening?

  2. New Jersey is smaller than New York and has much less presence than San Jose does. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, and is accordingly much more important than Jersey will ever be. Hell, 3 out of the 4 sports team in Jersey don't even want to call themselves as "Jersey", preferring to stick with "New York", with the worst offender being the Red Bulls LOL

    All San Jose teams proudly put San Jose on their name. Jersey got a long way to go to match San Jose. Long way.

    And that sewer water, once treated in our one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art facility, will be even cleaner than drinking water of any sources, even cleaner than the water from Hetch Hetchy. If we approve to use it as potable water, we will pump that treated water back into underground water table, and at that point the water is no different than the current groundwater that we use.

    San Jose has a huge reserve of groundwater, thus we do not depend much on Hetch Hetchy. Because of that, San Jose stands independent from SF's monopoly upon water resources for the western half of the Bay, unlike all of our South Bay neighbors.

    Next time when you troll, you need to update your sciences a bit ;) Toodles!