Are you excited about shaping the self-driving car revolution and beyond? Our goal is to revolutionize transportation to bring safety, convenience and mobility to our roads and communities. We currently are one of the few companies that have autonomous vehicles on city streets.  In this position, you will be part of the team working towards our vision of ubiquitous autonomous vehicles. Join a small collaborative team of world class researchers and engineers using cutting edge deep learning technology to power the next generation of self-driving cars!

The Director of Robotics will provide hands on technical leadership for the hardware team whilst moving the organization forward to large scale deployment of our technology. This role will require you to manage your project milestones and goals, help contribute to product strategy, hire high caliber engineers and help develop your team. You will have the opportunity to combine early stage research and product development, with the outcome of creating an adaptable, reliable, and scalable self driving platform.


Drive direction, architecture, implementation, and validation of the electrical and firmware systems on our SDC product roadmap on multi-year timelines.
Build out hardware teams and provide career development and mentorship for direct reports.
Develop project ideas for local and global deployment that fit with our product strategy, to ensure timely delivery of all projects.
Manage the full product development life-cycle of taking a complex embedded system to market.
Taking responsibility for the overall planning, execution, and success of complex technical projects(mission/safety critical).
Contribute substantively to technical architecture decisions for site projects and lead efforts to build infrastructure and support for our engineering team.
Work across the management team and other functions to create a collaborative and productive work environment
Responsible for the entire life cycle of modeling, proof-of-concept design, production software design, including architecture and implementation, testing, and user support.
Set up internal processes for code reviews and software maintenance.


Strong technical background in hardware and software.
Minimum 5+ years applicable engineering leadership experience.
Demonstrated innovator with experience bringing 1st generation products to market.
Hands-on experience in prototype bring-up and debugging, functional verification, System integration and manufacturing support.
Thorough understanding of product development and NPI processes.
Strategic thinker with strong operational, project management and technical architecture skills. Entrepreneurial drive; and a demonstrated ability to deliver products on time.
Ability to excel within an informal startup environment and a flat organizational structure, and provide credible hands-on management to highly qualified engineers.
Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Robotics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science (in lieu of degree relevant work experience).


Sensor design / integration / fusion
PhD in Engineering
Experience leading software development teams within the ADAS/Automotive, Robotics and/or Aerospace.

About drive.ai

Drive.ai is a Silicon Valley startup founded by former lab mates out of Stanford University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. We are creating AI software for autonomous vehicles using deep learning, which we believe is the key to the future of transportation.