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Luminar Technologies Partners to Advance LIDAR Hardware and Software


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Luminar Technologies has partnered with Celestica Inc. and Fabrinet to advance LIDAR hardware and software. // Photo courtesy of Luminar

Luminar Technologies Inc., a global leader in automotive LIDAR hardware and software technology that has an office in Detroit, has announced that Celestica Inc., a leader in design, manufacturing, and supply chain solutions, and Fabrinet, a provider of advanced precision optical and electronic manufacturing services, have each partnered with Luminar to deliver Iris in series production.

Luminar is an autonomous vehicle sensor and software company that provides LIDAR and associated software that meets the auto industry’s stringent performance, safety, and economic requirements. Luminar has rapidly gained over 50 industry partners, including eight of the top 10 global automakers.

The most recent move complements Luminar’s in-house advanced manufacturing facility in Orlando, which engineers process and manufacturing technology and techniques to deploy into production with its manufacturing partners.

Luminar also announced it has achieved its critical milestone of bringing online the initial production line at Celestica’s facility in Monterrey, Mexico. Production of the inaugural Iris LIDAR is now underway. The facility is automotive qualified with IATF 16949 certification.

“Celestica partners with some of the most innovative companies in the world, and Luminar is no exception,” says Austin Russell, Luminar’s founder and CEO. “Celestica’s experienced team and track record of tackling complex manufacturing challenges in series production is exactly what Luminar needs to accelerate manufacturing and deliver for our partners at scale and with great efficiency. This is complemented with Fabrinet’s deep experience in cost-effectively scaling complex optical products.”

Last year, Luminar signed the industry’s first production deal for autonomous consumer vehicles with Volvo Cars, while also recently striking deals with Daimler Truck AG and Intel’s Mobileye.

Luminar has also received minority investments from Daimler Truck and Volvo Cars to accelerate the introduction of autonomous trucks and cars at highway speed.

“At Celestica, we have earned our reputation for bringing complex products to market for our customers through our global supply chain, focus on quality, automation and best-in-class engineering capabilities,” says Rob Mionis, president and CEO of Celestica.

“Today’s milestone is a proud moment for Celestica as we help Luminar to accelerate manufacturing and efficiently scale their innovative lidar technology that we believe will enable the future of mobility. This partnership represents a huge leap forward for Luminar and a strategically important win for Celestica.”

Founded in 2012, Luminar is a nearly 400-person team with offices in Palo Alto, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Detroit, and Munich.

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Celestica partners with leading companies in aerospace and defense, communications, enterprise, health and technology, industrial, capital equipment, and energy to deliver solutions for complex challenges. A leader in design, manufacturing, hardware platform, and supply chain solutions, the company has operations in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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Fabrinet is a leading provider of advanced optical packaging and precision optical, electro-mechanical, and electronic manufacturing services to OEMs of complex products, such as optical communication components, modules and subsystems, automotive components, medical devices, industrial lasers, and sensors. The company has operations in the United States, Thailand, China, and the United Kingdom.

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