Lyft, Inc.

Hardware Engineer, Lidar Test Lead

Posted on: 19 Mar 2020

Palo Alto, CA


Job Description

At Lyft, our mission is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. To do this, we start with our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization.

The Lyft L5 AV-sensors team is currently seeking a Sensors Test Lead focused on Lidar testing but camera and radar interest and background is an added benefit. The AV-sensors team, part of Vehicle Systems Development, architects and influences future sensor-subsystems landscape on L5 vehicle platforms through module- and subsystem-partnerships. Aside from architecture and execution, we focus on multi-modal sensor competitive landscape for autonomous vehicles. Finally, we span optical systems performance analysis, verification and validation (V&V) testing, physics simulation, and the sensors subsystems tradespace for AV sensor-suite design, test, and execution. We collaborate with systems engineering, vehicle integration, autonomy and software integration teams to help debug, test, and architect both present and future sensing subsystems on the Lyft L5 platform vehicles on the path-to-product. 

The Sensors Test Lead role will help to evaluate, influence, test and optimize Lidar tests and Lidar test infrastructure for verification and validation (V&V) testing of Lidar subsystems for autonomous vehicles. This position will require the individual to work cross-functionally with perception, localization, software integration, and vehicle integration.


Evaluate, influence, test and optimize Lidar tests and infrastructure for V&V testing of Lidar subsystems for autonomous vehicles
Define and maintain test plans and incoming/outgoing lidar quality control procedures
Work with calibration, operation, and integration teams to implement a lean subset of engineering system test plans to test and characterize production level lidar systems
Monitor and report on weekly progress of planned tasks to integrate, develop and improve upon existing test procedures and plans
Generate technical reports when necessary
Lead, integrate, document and sustain automated test equipment for Lidar sensors 
Strong communication and documentation skills


Fundamental understanding of Lidar physics, subsystem testing, calibration and challenges with automotive-grade Lidars
Fundamental understanding of Lidar components and ability to test or create infrastructure to test component-level key performance parameters as it relates to module-level challenges or root-cause traceability
Experience leading contractors to full execution of designed test plans / procedures for complex lidar systems 
Proficient in 3D point cloud processing
Demonstrated experience working with calibration, operation, and integration teams to implement a lean subset of engineering system test plans to test and characterize production level lidar systems
Good knowledge of electronics and circuits, various bench test systems (i.e. oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and various meters) is desirable
Demonstrated experience with performing hands-on test procedure verification and validation for complex systems
Ability to independently collect, analyze, and clearly present results 
Familiarity with optical calibration techniques for Lidar modules and subsystems
Experience in a test engineering role in the automotive industry with a nice-to-have background or interest in radar testing and/or camera testing


Lyft is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Lyft does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. Lyft also strives for a healthy and safe workplace and strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and other similar state laws and local ordinances, and its internal policy, Lyft will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Lyft, Inc.

San Francisco, CA

Lyft, Inc. operates a peer-to-peer marketplace for on-demand ridesharing in the United States and Canada. The company offers a multimodal platform that provides riders, personalized and on-demand access to various transportation options. It provides Ridesharing Marketplace, which facilitates lead generation, billing and settlement, support, and related activities to enable drivers to provide their transportation services to riders. The company also offers a network of shared bikes and scooters in various cities to address the needs of riders for shorter routes; Express Drive program, a flexible car rentals program that connects drivers who need access to a car with third-party rental car companies; and concierge for organizations to manage the transportation needs of their customers and employees.

In addition, it integrates third-party public transit data into the Lyft app to offer riders various transportation options; offers various enterprise programs, including monthly ride credits for daily commutes, supplementing public transit by providing rides for the first and last leg of commute trips, late-night rides home, and shuttle replacement rides; and provides transportation solutions that can be customized for events, such as recruiting events, conferences, celebrations, meetings, and company retreats. The company was formerly known as Zimride, Inc. and changed its name to Lyft, Inc. in April 2013. Lyft, Inc. was incorporated in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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