Cepton Technologies, a provider of 3D LiDAR solutions for automotive, industrial and mapping applications, has opened a new office in Detroit which will operate as a commercial and technical hub.

Cepton has several current and prospective customers within the Detroit area. Additionally, the expansion will help facilitate closer work with not only these customers, but current partners such as May Mobility and North American Lighting, as well as others to be announced in 2019.

“Cepton is committed to helping our customers bring self-driving vehicles to market by mass producing long range, high resolution, compact LiDAR sensors at an affordable price,” said Cepton Technologies CEO and co-founder, Jun Pei.

“It makes sense to have a team based in Detroit where they can work closely with our customers to help them accomplish their goals and obtain their feedback.”

The Detroit office will be staffed with three team members and has plans to expand up to ten employees during the next 12 months. The company’s director of Business Development, Mitch Hourtienne, will lead the office expansion with members from other Cepton offices around the world visiting and working short-term rotations.

The team will support customers as they implement and launch Cepton’s technology and products.

Cepton introduced two new LiDAR products, Vista-M and Vista-X, designed for all levels of autonomous application at CES 2019 and will begin mass producing its portfolio of LiDAR sensors in partnership with Celestica this year, with full volume production by 2020.