Argo AI Creates New Jobs with Autonomous Vehicle Test Track in Greenville County

GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 23, 2022 — Autonomy products and services company Argo AI is making progress on its newly-established test center in Greenville County, South Carolina, with operations to begin in October. At an event in Greenville today, the company joined the International Transportation Innovation Center to announce more details about the facility and how it has begun hiring to support economic development in South Carolina.

Located at ITIC on the campus of the SC Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC), the test track will facilitate Argo’s development and testing of safe autonomous driving capability at highway speeds. Argo has been a leader in the development of autonomous vehicle driving technology for rideshare and delivery operations on busy city streets. Adding the ability to drive on highways expands their potential service area by linking urban markets with high-demand locations such as airports and warehouses outside the city. 

“As a longstanding center of technological innovation, Greenville County and the State of South Carolina is a great place for expansion of Argo’s testing operations,” said Dr. Peter Rander, Co-Founder and President, Argo AI. “In addition to the safety benefits of autonomous vehicles, we see a huge potential for autonomy to create new business and workforce development opportunities, helping foster innovation and economic growth at both the local and state levels.”

A teal and black map of Greenville County, South Carolina, with a white logo for Argo AI and the text of the county's name displayed above it.

As part of its initial $2.6 million investment in the facility and with ITIC, Argo plans to create at least 40 jobs as operations ramp up in Greenville County. Newly-created positions will span Fleet Operations, Autonomy Test Operations, Training, and Facilities, with many new jobs not requiring existing experience in technology, robotics, or engineering, and some do not require a four-year college degree. Argo will hire Test Associates, Test Engineers, and Vehicle Service Technicians who will be responsible for operating Argo autonomous vehicles on the test track, designing and executing structured tests that mimic real-world interactions between autonomous vehicles and other road users to enhance the safety of Argo technology, and autonomous vehicle service, repair, and self-driving system maintenance. 

Argo will train new employees on how to operate and maintain autonomous vehicles, providing unique tools and upskilling opportunities that can continue to boost the local innovation economy. Numerous Argo employees who started at Argo as Test Specialists or Test Associates have received on-the-job training to move into program management, training management, mapping, or other fields within the company. Additionally, the facility will also serve as a training site for Argo Fleet Operations personnel from facilities across the U.S. and Europe, increasing business travel to Greenville County. Argo will bring staff from all its offices, including Munich, for training and additional workforce development opportunities. 

“Argo AI is creating high-tech career opportunities for South Carolinians across a wide range of technical training and educational experience,” added State Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III. “We look forward to working with the company as they continue to transform not only industry but our everyday lives.”

The Greenville County track is Argo’s fourth test facility, in addition to locations in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Munich, Germany. Argo conducts a variety of testing at each of these facilities before releasing its software updates for public road operations. The Greenville facility will differ from Argo’s other test tracks in that it will have the infrastructure to test at higher speeds, including a one-mile-long straightaway that will enable test operations up to 70 miles per hour. 

In addition to a dedicated highway speed track for Argo’s use, the company will leverage features at ITIC, a world-class automotive testbed located at SCTAC for automotive companies, suppliers, technology providers and research universities to test and validate mobility innovations. 

“Establishing Argo as a full-time resident at ITIC ushers in an exciting new era of development for our testbed and further validates our status as a world-class automotive test track,” ITIC said Jody Bryson, Executive Director, ITIC. “ITIC looks forward to supporting Argo’s innovative testing needs now and far into the future.”

The Pittsburgh-based company is actively operating autonomous vehicles in seven cities around the world, and recently began driverless operations in Miami and Austin, Texas. To realize the potential of autonomous vehicles at scale, Argo is partnered with the world’s top consumer brands, including Ford, Volkswagen, Lyft and Walmart, to launch customer-facing autonomous rideshare and goods delivery services across the United States and Germany. 

To learn more about Argo technology and the company’s approach to safety, please visit the Argo Safety Report. Individuals interested in Argo job opportunities in Greenville should visit the company’s careers page

About Argo AI

Argo AI is a global autonomy products and services company headquartered in Pittsburgh, with additional engineering locations in Detroit; Cranbury, NJ; Los Angeles; Palo Alto, CA; Austin, TX; Seattle; and Munich, Germany. Since 2016, the company has been on a mission to make the world’s streets and roadways safe, accessible, and useful for all. With a team of 2,000 people across the U.S. and Europe, Argo designs its Argo Autonomy Platform and Solutions to support autonomous ridesharing and goods delivery to benefit communities around the world. For more information regarding Argo, please visit www.argo.ai.