b'139mous vehicle company that would be around for the long haul. Thats when he discovered Argo, where he works to-day as a service technician and lab manager. He loves the split nature of his job, between hands-on maintenance and software troubleshooting. One minute Ill be changing a tire, he says, and then five minutes later Im plugging into a computer to find a file I need.After a lifetime of staring at twisted metal vehicle parts, In Texas,where Irving grew up, his familys business wasIrving says its easy to grow numb to the real cost of such built on the assumption that cars will, inevitably, crash anddamagesort of like being a doctor, you get used to it. But someone will need to fix them. But as Irving learned watchinghe still has days when hell look out the window on his com-his father, brothers, and uncles work in auto body shops, lifemute and see drivers texting, and remember the life-altering in the collision business isnt easy. It takes a lot out of you,accidents distracted drivers can cause. Thats why he feels he says. At 30, your back hurts, your arms hurt. You get wornso drawn to Argos singular mission of building self-driving out pretty quickly. technology people can trustand using technology to avoid He decided he was going to be the one to break the cycle.collisions and save lives on the road.After a year in the family business himself, Irving joined theThough there are days when he misses the chance to fly, Air Force as an aircraft technician. Irving says that he wouldnt trade the pioneering aspect of his In his 10 years in the aviation industry, Irving had a chancenew career. Theres no manual for this, he explains. Were to tinker with every kind of plane, from fighter jets to cor- writing the rules.porate aircrafts to military drones. Sometimes, when he fin-ished a particularly difficult repair, the grateful pilot would even invite him up for a spin in the sky. The high-stakes job was a thrill. As he puts it, If a vehicle breaks down, you can just pull it over to the side of the road. If an airplane breaks down, there is no side of the road.WhenIrvingwasfirstcontactedbyanearly-stage self-driving car company, he was intrigued by the idea of a field that could eliminate collisions once and for all. Once he got to know the technology, he was hooked. When the company closed its doors, he set out to find an autono-THE TROUBLESHOOTERFullBook_Mar24.indb 139 4/25/21 6:45 PM'