Waymo is the self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Building on software and sensor technology developed at Google, Waymo is now launching the world’s first fully self-driving transportation service that will take members of the public from A to B at the touch of a button.
The Planner Evaluation team is tackling one of the most challenging problems in autonomous driving: evaluating whether our autonomous cars are good drivers. Beyond driving safely, we need to ensure that they don’t surprise other drivers, pedestrians, or other people on the road (or their own passengers), that the ride they provide is comfortable, and that they’re following the rules of the road. At Waymo we have a ton of extremely rich data from which to extract relevant signals--if you like working with data, geometric reasoning, simulation, and/or machine learning, this is the place for you!
Evaluating our driving performance in a data-driven manner is both challenging and exciting--and by creating the metrics that define what good driving is, we can influence and improve planning code both indirectly (by providing the quality signals for onboard engineers to aim for) and directly (by working with planning engineers to incorporate signals into our motion planning code).
To tackle these complex challenges, we are bringing together experts from a wide variety of backgrounds, including data science, robotics, machine learning, and software architecture and infrastructure. We are seeking enthusiastic software engineers and data scientists to jump into this problem space and tackle novel problems with us at the intersection of robotics, data science and software.
Background in robotics is not required - a history of strong performance on deep quantitative or software problems from other fields broadens our team's expertise and point of view, and is highly valued. We seek particularly people with experience/interest in a mixture of extracting signals from large scale data and software engineering, and who are interested in learning about robotics and motion planning.
Join us and you will work closely with robotics experts to deeply understand our motion planning system and improve the performance of the Waymo driver!
Bonus Qualifications (not required but good to have):