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Los Angeles has more to celebrate than its big football victory last month: the city also officially became the home of Argo’s new engineering and development office!
As we announced on February 16, the new Argo L.A. office — our sixth location globally dedicated to engineering — will host Yisong Yue, professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Caltech.
It’s the latest of several academic partnerships Argo has established with researchers at leading robotics and artificial intelligence institutions (others include Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech, the University of California, Davis, and the Technical University of Munich) to help advance the entire autonomous vehicle industry.
Read Yue’s profile in Ground Truth to learn more about his focus on motion forecasting — the capability that allows Argo autonomous vehicles to predict with high accuracy how other vehicles and pedestrians will move in the future — and how he draws inspiration from his hobbies including basketball, photography and choral music.
In related magical news, Rod Kurihara, who previously oversaw the creation of advanced ride control systems as a Walt Disney Imagineering studio executive, joins Argo in L.A.
With top talent focused on making the Argo Autonomy Platform even more capable and advanced, the Argo L.A. office is already off to a strong start. And it’s just one of numerous locations around the world where we’re hiring across departments, among them, Palo Alto, Seattle, Miami, Pittsburgh, Austin, and Munich, Germany — and remotely out of these locations. Get all the details on our open roles and check out our other listings here.
Pittsburgh is not only the site of Argo’s founding and world headquarters, but it’s also one of eight cities across the U.S. and Germany where we’re actively testing our Autonomy Platform on public roads.
This public roads testing process is extremely important because, despite putting our software through many millions of miles of virtual simulations and constantly testing it on numerous specific edge cases on our closed course tracks, we can never fully replicate what it’s like to drive in real-world urban traffic.
And Pittsburgh in particular is a challenging city for all types of vehicles, with its prevalence of narrow roads, hills, bridges, and non-uniform road layout. How do Argo autonomous vehicles handle the challenge?
In two new articles in our ongoing Watch and Learn series, Argo engineer Constantin Savtchenko helpfully describes two different Pittsburgh driving scenarios shown on video: an Argo vehicle coming face-to-face with a pickup truck, and an Argo vehicle weaving around oncoming traffic in a tight lane. Spoiler alert: in both cases, the Argo autonomous vehicle drives safely, naturalistically, and keeps traffic flowing smoothly.
As our CEO and founder Bryan Salesky says, “our technology is being developed to improve the lives of everyone, and our team should reflect that,” so diversity is instrumental to how we work at Argo — in this case, quite literally.
Recently, our internal employee resource group for Racial & Ethnic Minorities @ Argo celebrated Black History Month by hosting a live seminar in the studio at our Pittsburgh headquarters, led by Dr. James Johnson, a professor of African American Music at the University of Pittsburgh and co-founder of the Afro-American Music Institute (AAMI) in Homewood, Pennsylvania. The AAMI teaches over 300 students a year about African American musical traditions through song, dance, and creative expression.
Aside from celebrating the African American-led genres of gospel and jazz, the event was an opportunity to discuss how the U.S. and the world have benefitted culturally from the contributions of Black artists, musicians and performers, even as they faced prejudice, discrimination and unequal treatment.
“We have to preserve our musical heritage,” said Dr. Johnson. “In the Black community, we come from a musical culture. When you study the history of jazz, you study American history from another perspective.”
As a future-focused company, we believe it is important to learn from the past and work together to build self-driving technology that helps make the world’s streets and roadways safe, accessible, and useful for all.
Ready to work in the autonomous vehicle industry? We’re growing our team and have many roles that don’t require technical experience or advanced degrees. Apply here now for opportunities in the U.S., Germany, and remote.
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