2021-10-07 Waymo
Best Practices Specialist- Safety Assurance
Mountain View, California, United States
Remote, US

Waymo is an autonomous driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to get where they’re going. Since our start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on building the World’s Most Experienced Driver in hopes of improving the world's access to mobility while saving thousands of lives now lost to traffic crashes. Our Waymo Driver powers Waymo One, our fully autonomous ride-hailing service, as well as Waymo Via, our trucking and local delivery service. To date, Waymo has driven over 20 million miles autonomously on public roads across 25 U.S. cities and conducted over 20 billion miles of simulation testing.

The Waymo Safety team works to promote and help to continuously improve the safety of Waymo’s fully autonomous driving technology. Our experts develop safety goals and strategies, and conduct safety engineering analyses to ensure safety is being considered throughout the design and development of our vehicles. The team develops and promotes safety strategies and policies for autonomous vehicles for its work with regulatory authorities, lawmakers, law enforcement and public and non-profit organizations. Our Safety Team also helps advise on compliance with applicable environmental, health, and safety regulations.

As the nascent AV industry develops, numerous independent organizations offer and implement a variety of benchmarks and recommendations for evaluating safety and advocate for possible requirements for AVs.  Waymo is seeking experienced candidates to coordinate our participation with respect to these activities and steer and inform our own best practices.

In this Best Practices Specialist role, you'll:

  • Lead the identification of relevant voluntary and/or regulatory requirements and practices tied to the safety and performance evaluation of automated driving systems, starting from the in-depth understanding of the rationale of new protocols 
  • Assess the relevance of ongoing external activities, crafting potential roadmaps for the implementation of assessment programs and/or consumer safety ratings relevant for higher levels of autonomy, and guiding recommendations for future developments internally at Waymo, collaborating with the appropriate engineering and product teams
  • Engage as appropriate with external stakeholders to achieve the aforementioned goals
  • Work closely with the Waymo regulatory compliance team and Waymo policy team, informing internal stakeholders of relevant developments from voluntary programs, and supporting the crafting of Waymo strategic position in its external engagement
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the robustness of Waymo’s safety framework and aligning internal and external methodologies and best practices

At a minimum we’d like you to have:

  • Master’s of Science in a quantitative field related to transportation engineering or other non-engineering degree with prior applicable experience
  • Demonstrated fundamental knowledge of both passive and active safety technology and their relative state of the art evaluation mechanisms at a global scale (i.e., both U.S and international programs), with particular emphasis on crash avoidance equipment and technology
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience in automotive systems evaluation, such as experience evaluating systems relative to automotive safety standards/guidelines and/or executing test procedures
  • Excellent presentation skills to effectively communicate findings to technical and non-technical audiences alike

It is preferred that you have:

  • A Ph.D in a relevant field
  • Experience in engagement with standards development organizations (SDO, e.g., SAE, ISO) and/or with established evaluation programs (e.g., NCAP)
  • First-hand experience on proving grounds and/or carrying out compliance evaluation
  • A proven technical publication record 
  • Commercial Motor Vehicles applications experience

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