Software Engineer, Autonomous Driving - Munich

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We care deeply about delivering the best transportation experience; this means the best experience for the passenger and the best experience for the driver. We believe this quality of service can only be achieved with a deep understanding of our world, our cities, our streets… how they evolve, how they breathe. We embrace the powerful positive impact autonomous transportation will bring to our everyday lives and with our ambition, we will become a leader in the development and operation of such vehicles. Thanks to our network, with hundreds of millions of rides every year, we have the means to make autonomy a safe reality. As a member of Level5, you will have the opportunity to develop and deploy tomorrow’s hardware & software solutions and thereby revolutionize transportation.

In Munich, Lyft is working on self-localization and mapping technology for Lyft’s autonomous driving effort. We provide foundational technology for safe, efficient and comfortable self driving and are at the very beginning of the dependency chain for the onboard software stack. Our job is to give our cars an understanding of the world and how it must influence its behavior.

We are building novel kinds of maps, starting with raw sensor data from devices like LIDAR, IMU, GPS, and cameras, converting them to geometric and semantic representations of the world. These maps are used to precisely localize autonomous cars in the world. The foundational class of algorithms we use is SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping), and we push the boundary of current research in its application. We are also responsible for understanding geometry and turning it into a semantic map. For our work, we tap into the possibilities of every sensor on the car to improve our results.


  • Develop novel and modern algorithms in the fields of SLAM, Computer Vision, Classification and Mapping

  • Strong math skills

  • Work as part of an international team

Experience & Skills:

  • Domain knowledge in one of the following fields: SLAM, visualization, computer vision or computer graphics

  • Knowledge of C++ and experience with algorithms, software design and writing quality code

  • Self driven, motivated, team player

  • Interested in bettering the world through improved personal transportation

Nice to Have:

  • Rust and cloud knowledge 

  • Domain knowledge in Machine learning or nonlinear optimization

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