b'115see matches the real world and flagging any differenc-esnomatterhowminortoidentifyopportunitiesfor improving the artificial intelligence system. She would then share data from her vehicle tests with Argos engineers, who then refine the system. Now that shes been promoted to test manager, she oversees the teams responsible for the same set of activities.Tonhi says shes proud to work at a company where em-Tonhi was driving homealone from school in 2006ployeeswithdiversebackgroundsarevalued.Shecounts when smoke started billowing from the hood of her car. Itamong her fellow test managers and test specialists others was like a movie, she says. I freaked out and just left thewith automotive experience like hers, as well as an artist, a car on the side of the road. But I decided that day that I neverformer barista, and a medical X-ray technician. This is such wanted to be in that situation again. a new industry, so theres no blueprint for what makes a suc-A week later, she showed up at her local mechanics shop.cessful test specialist.I want to learn how to be a tech, she told the supervisor.A self-described workaholic, Tonhi still finds time to kick Are you serious? he asked.back outside of the office. She loves to travel to balmy desti-She was. nations (Jamaica, Mexico, the BahamasIm a tropical par-OK, he said. You start next week. The other mechan- adise kind of person) and she says shes a major foodie. ics apparently took bets on how long she would last. All ofIn fact, she looks forward to the days when a self-driving them lost money she says. car will ferry her around Miami, so instead of sitting in traffic Tonhi learned everything she could about cars: oil chang- she can spend the ride looking up where to eat. In a way, es, shocks, brakes (her favorite), tune-ups, engine repairs.thats a realization of a childhood dream: When I was a little She brought this automotive expertise to Argo AI, where shegirl, I used to fantasize about a future where I could tell a car started two years ago as a test specialist based at the compa- to take me to get a burger and fries. I never imagined that I nys Miami terminal. would play a part in making that dream a reality.Originally,Tonhisjobinvolvedtestingtheself-driving software and verifying that what Argos autonomous vehicles THE DATA DRIVERFullBook_Mar24.indb 115 4/25/21 6:44 PM'