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Startup prepares for production of lidar at scale

In some respects, Austin Russell personifies a stereotypical Silicon Valley wunderkind.

He dropped out of Stanford University at age 18 to found a startup, Luminar, which develops lidar technology for automated vehicles. Over the past six years, investors have poured more than $250 million into the Palo Alto, Calif., company and made it a favorite of such automakers as Toyota and Volvo Cars.

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