Software Engineer, Motion Planning & Prediction

Mountain View, CA /
Engineering – Motion Planning & Controls /
Kodiak was founded in April 2018 to develop autonomous technology that carries freight forward—so people, partners, and the planet thrive. Navigating highway environments presents vastly different challenges than urban streets. Kodiak’s experienced team has developed the industry’s most advanced technology stack purpose-built specifically for long-haul trucks. From our sensor fusion system that maximizes the value of every sensing modality, to our unique lightweight mapping solution that allows our trucks to navigate ever-changing highway construction zones, our world-class team of industry pioneers is bringing the benefits of autonomy to the $800B a year trucking industry quickly, safely, and efficiently.

We are looking for an experienced Software Engineer to join our Planning team and take a key role in improving the Kodiak Driver’s ability to safely and gracefully handle challenging road conditions.

You will:

    • Design and implement new approaches to help our trucks plan through challenging situations.
    • Translate desired driving behaviors into algorithms, code, and cost functions that make the Kodiak Driver a safe, smooth, and polite road participant
    • Predict the behavior of other actors in a way that's both accurate and improves driving performance
    • Improve the end-to-end latency of the motion planning and prediction algorithms
    • Build tools that enable us to leverage real-world logs to improve our algorithms
    • Work closely with other teams to establish interfaces and requirements
    • Invent cross-functional solutions to cutting-edge problems in autonomous-driving

You must have:

    • A strong background in robotics, planning, optimization, and mathematics (MS, PhD, or equivalent experience)
    • Software development experience writing production-level C++
    • High standards for software quality and rigor, and a testing-oriented mentality
    • Good communication skills and a collaborative bent
    • Proven ability to iterate quickly and work hands-on

Bonus points if you have:

    • Written software that has run on real robots
    • Knowledge of modern C++ (c++14 and newer) and version control systems (e.g., git)
    • An understanding of both classic and state-of-the-art approaches to motion planning, trajectory optimization, optimal control, system modeling, etc.
    • A desire to collaborate with other teams outside of planning

What we offer:

    • A place with big goals that we trust we can achieve
    • A fast paced environment where we work with talented, committed and supportive teammates
    • Equity and competitive pay. Every employee is a stakeholder in Kodiak’s success
    • Excellent medical, dental and vision benefits
    • Flexible PTO and generous parental leave policies
    • A beautiful facility in Mountain View
    • We love our dogs, so we are a dog friendly office!
    • Free catered lunch
At Kodiak, we strive to build a diverse community working towards our common company goals in a safe and collaborative environment where harassment of any kind is strictly prohibited. Kodiak is committed to equal opportunity employment regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law.