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Who We Are
Argo AI is an independent self-driving technology platform company that was founded in 2016 by Bryan Salesky and Peter Rander, to build the software, hardware, maps, and cloud-support infrastructure to power self-driving vehicles.
With a focus on robust, scalable self-driving technology that can safely drive in urban, highway, and suburban environments, Argo AI's technology will enable autonomous commercial services for goods delivery and ride hail. To deliver the benefits of self-driving technology at scale, Argo AI partnered with Ford Motor Company (2017) and Volkswagen Group (2020), to integrate Argo AI technology into their vehicles.
Today, Argo AI employs more than 1,400 people. The company’s U.S. headquarters is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and European headquarters is in Munich, Germany. In addition, Argo AI has offices in Detroit, MI; Palo Alto, CA; Cranbury, NJ; Miami, FL; Austin, TX; and Washington D.C.
- Employees 1400+
- 8 cities With Argo AI self-driving vehicle operations on public roads
- 2016 Founded by Bryan Salesky and Pete Rander as an independent self-driving technology platform company
- U.S. Headquarters Pittsburgh, PA
- European Headquarters Munich, Germany
01. When was Argo AI founded, and why?
Argo AI was founded by Bryan Salesky and Pete Rander in 2016, to develop self-driving technology that will make getting around cities safe, easy, and enjoyable for all. To achieve that goal, we partner with the world’s leading automakers to build self-driving vehicles for deployment in ride hailing and goods delivery services.
02. What is Argo AI developing?
We put safety first in the development of a production-quality self-driving system — which is the software, hardware (sensors and compute), maps, and cloud support infrastructure that powers self-driving vehicles. Working together with leading automakers, we integrate our self-driving system into their vehicles so that they can be manufactured at scale.
03. What do you mean by “self-driving vehicles”?
When we say “self-driving vehicles,” we mean vehicles intended to operate by themselves, without human driver intervention, within a given set of parameters, such as geographical boundaries and environmental conditions. This is otherwise known by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as Level 4 automation.
04. What is your relationship with Ford and Volkswagen?
Argo AI is an independent company that has established separate partnerships with two global automakers — Ford and Volkswagen — as the first customers of our technology. Our partnerships allow us to work hand-in-hand to approach the design, development and manufacture of self-driving vehicles holistically. With Ford and Volkswagen as partners, our self-driving system is the first with commercial deployment plans for Europe and the U.S. Plus, with the ability to tap into both automakers’ global reach, our platform has the largest geographic deployment potential of any self-driving technology to date. Ford and Volkswagen are equal minority investors in Argo. Check out our blogs for specifics on the Ford investment and VW investment.
05. Will you license or sell your technology to other companies?
We are open to exploring new opportunities and partnerships that involve the use of our self-driving platform, and that are aligned with our mission to build self-driving technology you can trust.