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Automated driving software engineers sought for TRI-AD

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) has announced that it is now recruiting for positions at its new office for automated driving software development in Tokyo.

TRI-AD aims to translate its research in artificial intelligence for automated driving into real products to support mobility around the world.

The company is now recruiting for “passionate, talented candidates” who wish to develop their careers in a Silicon Valley-style workplace in Tokyo where English will be the official language.

Toyota announced in March that it was targeting a staff of around 1,000 people for TRI-AD, recruiting both internally and externally.

“Cars of the future will become more software than hardware,” said Dr. James Kuffner, TRI-AD's new CEO. “Any car company that does not successfully evolve into a skilled software company will likely disappear.

 

“With automated driving software, we are talking about millions and millions of lines of code that requires an incredibly high level of robustness and reliability.

“The goal of TRI-AD is to create the best process in the world for writing software: nothing less than the equivalent of the Toyota Production System for software will suffice.”

The company will focus on a number of specific areas of software development for automated driving, including:

  • Automated driving technology for Privately Owned Vehicles (POV) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • Automated map generation technology for automated driving.
  • Modern cloud-based tools and infrastructure for training data and machine learning.

Software engineers at TRI-AD will use agile development techniques for rapid development. It is inviting applications from candidates in the following fields:

  • Computer science
  • Computer vision and 3D perception
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Automated driving systems architecture
  • Advanced safety systems and software
  • Business development

“Our engineers will have all of the resources they need and a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to creating game-changing technology and real-world products,” said Kuffner.