Software Engineer, Planning and Control (Autonomy)

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From day one, Lyft’s mission has been to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. And self-driving cars are critical to that mission: they can make our streets safer, cities greener, and traffic a thing of the past. That’s why we started Level 5, our self-driving division, where we’re building a self-driving system to operate on the Lyft network.

Level 5 is looking for doers and creative problem solvers to join us in developing the leading self-driving system for ridesharing. Our team members come from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, and each has the opportunity to have an outsized influence on the future of our technology. Our world-class software and hardware experts work in brand new garages and labs in Palo Alto, California, and offices in London, England and Munich, Germany. And we’re moving at an incredible pace: we’re currently servicing employee rides in our test vehicles on the Lyft app. Learn more at lyft.com/level5.

As part of the Autonomy Team, you will be interacting on a daily basis with other software engineers to tackle highly advanced AI challenges. Eventually we expect all Autonomy Team members to work on a variety of problems across the autonomy space; however, with a focus on planning and control, your work will initially involve taking output from the perception, localization, and prediction systems to determine a short, medium, and long-term course of action. For this position, we are looking for a software engineer with the ability to understand autonomous vehicles in general and a strong level of expertise in AI or robotics.

Responsibilities:


  • Work on core planning and control algorithms such as routing, behavior planning, trajectory planning, feedback controllers, etc.

  • Develop state-of-the-art algorithms for planning under uncertainty using stochastic optimization techniques with linear and non-linear objective functions

  • Develop behavioral reasoning framework to support navigation in complex traffic scenarios, such as lane changes, merges, double-parked vehicles, and blind turns

  • Develop functionally safe systems that fail gracefully and safely exit traffic when difficult situations arise

  • Implement real-time algorithms on CPU/GPU in C++

  • Build tools and infrastructure to verify and evaluate the performance of the planner/controller over time


Experience & Skills:

  • Ability to produce production-quality C++

  • Strong background in artificial intelligence, robotics, algorithms, and data structures

  • Ability to build applications for robot path planning using a broad range of tools such as numerical optimization, feedback control, system modeling, etc

  • Ability to develop safety critical navigation systems for low-latency compute platforms

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and collaborate across teams and disciplines

  • Openness to new / different ideas. Ability to evaluate multiple approaches and choose the best one based on first principles


Nice to Have:

  • 2+ years experience working in a related role

  • 5+ years developing in C++

  • Hands on experience with building a navigation stack for mobile robots, from high-level route planning on road graphs and behavioral reasoning to trajectory generation and low-level feedback control

  • Experience with robot path planning techniques like energy functions, behavior trees, jerk minimization, stochastic optimization, etc.

  • Experience with traffic agent intention modeling

  • Experience with GPU programming in CUDA or OpenCL


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