Hardware Engineer, Camera Lead

    • Palo Alto, CA

At Lyft, our mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. To do this, we start with our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization.

The Lyft L5 AV-sensors team is currently seeking a Camera lead/Camera system lead. The AV-sensors team, part of Vehicle Systems Development, architects and influences future sensor-subsystems landscape on L5 vehicle platforms through module- and subsystem-partnerships. Aside from architecture and execution, we focus on multi-modal sensor competitive landscape for autonomous vehicles. Finally, we span optical systems performance analysis, verification and validation (V&V) testing, physics simulation, and the systems tradespace for AV sensor-suite design, test, and execution. We collaborate with systems engineering, vehicle integration, autonomy and product design teams to help debug, test, and architect both present and future sensing subsystems on Lyft L5 platform vehicles on the path to product. 

The Camera lead will architect and test a camera system for autonomous vehicles. The lead will drive and define module-level requirements, including optics, electronics to meet performance, cost, and reliability targets. The lead pioneers and influences V&V test, camera subsystem orchestration and constellation, has clear understanding of benefits and challenges of the image signal processing (ISP) pipeline. This role will help spearhead camera system roadmap. Finally, this position will require the individual to work cross-functionally with perception, localization, software integration, vehicle integration as well as a range of camera module- and subsystem-partners.


  • Define, characterize, evaluate, influence, test and deploy camera systems for autonomous vehicles
  • Maintain competitive landscape portfolio of various camera module and subsystem partner technologies
  • Own and maintain camera system engineering specification
  • Lead discussions with vendors in the space of camera module, image sensor, interface, ISP SoC, etc
  • Define and maintain test plans and incoming/outgoing quality control procedures
  • Strong understanding of camera fundamentals, imaging technologies and challenges with automotive cameras
  • Fundamental understanding of camera systems at component level (optics, electronics, ISP SoC)
  • Strong understanding of image signal processing (ISP) pipelines, image quality tuning, camera calibration, image quality metrics
  • Experience with functional testing, reliability testing, and qualification of camera systems
  • Strong communication and documentation skills and technical leadership


  • Some camera calibration experience
  • ISP pipeline, image quality, image sensor verification and validation (CMOS sensor pixel, lens quality, illumination)
  • Computer vision algorithms, computational photography
  • First-hand experience with camera hardware systems and experience with image capture and analysis using CMOS sensors, physics performance simulation in Matlab or python, digital imaging pipeline and algorithms, and possible implementation of cameras on autonomous vehicles 


  • Great medical, dental, and vision insurance optionsIn addition to 11 observed holidays, salaried team members have unlimited paid time off, hourly team members have 15 days paid time off
  • 401(k) plan to help save for your future
  • 18 weeks of paid parental leave. Biological, adoptive, and foster parents are all eligible
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Lyft Pink -  Lyft team members get an exclusive opportunity to test new benefits of our Ridership Program

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