Revolutionizing cars, reshaping the future

Lyft Level 5 engineers are doing the best, most exciting work of their lives – and building one of the most important technological developments we’ll see in our lifetimes.

Level 5 self-driving division

Our mission at Level 5 is to build the most cost-effective and reliable self-driving system for ridesharing. From offices in Palo Alto, Munich, and London, our team of over 300 world-class engineers is testing our autonomous vehicles on public roads in California. We believe in a future where self-driving cars make transportation safer and more accessible for everyone.With fewer cars on the road and less pollution in the air, we can reshape cities around people instead of cars.

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Meet our team

Our team members have built optical systems for satellites, received technical Emmys, reinvented reCAPTCHA, pioneered the use of GPUs for training convolutional neural networks, and even helped build the Mars Rover. The team includes autonomy and robotics experts from Waymo, Apple, Tesla, Zoox, Google, Microsoft, Ford, and more.

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Luc VincentVP of Autonomous Technology

Luc leads all self-driving efforts at Lyft. He spent 12 years at Google, most recently as Senior Director of Engineering, and is considered the founder of Google Street View. Luc is listed as an inventor on 100 issued patents and has over 60 publications in computer vision, image analysis, and document recognition.

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Ying LiuVP of Engineering

Ying leads our data collection and applications platform. Before joining Lyft, she spent 12 years at Google growing the largest ML training dataset collection and curation platform to date. Her other passion is in crowdsourcing. She led the engineering team to reinvent reCAPTCHA from text distortion to "No Captcha" reCAPTCHA to today's Invisible reCAPTCHA, saving hundreds of thousands of internet hours every day.

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Taggart MatthiesenHead of Product

Taggart leads our product strategy and development for self-driving vehicles. He joined Lyft in 2015 as Director of Product where he led the core platform and passenger experience product teams. Prior to Lyft, Taggart spent two years at Twitter on Twitter APIs and data platform, and nine years at Salesforce leading platform products and teams. He holds a number of software patents for on-demand computing.

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Anantha KancherlaHead of Software

Anantha leads our self-driving software development at Level 5. He was previously at Dropbox, Facebook, and Microsoft, where he led teams to build all kinds of software from operating systems to large scale web services. At Microsoft, Anantha earned a technical Emmy for innovations in 3D Graphics with his work on DirectX.

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Kristen QuinnSenior Director of Autonomous Operations

Kristen leads our Autonomous Vehicle Operations. Prior to joining the autonomous team, Kristen led the growth of Lyft Shared, as well as launched and managed other Lyft modes and emerging businesses. Before Lyft, Kristen led mobile product strategy at Walmart and spent more than four years at Bain & Company.

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Rom ClementHead of Hardware

Rom leads our self-driving hardware development at Level 5. For the last decade, he was a Senior Manager at Google leading the Camera Systems Team responsible for imaging platforms and designing high resolution camera systems. As an Aerospace Systems Engineer by training, Rom has extensive experience building and growing multi-disciplinary teams for projects involving photonics and optics for harsh environments.

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Kumar ChellapillaHead of Mapping

Kumar leads our mapping efforts, building HD maps using computer vision, machine learning, and simultaneous localization and mapping.Previously, he was a Director of Engineering at Uber ATG and led teams that developed offboard perception, machine learning platforms, and machine teaching for autonomy and autonomous vehicle maps.Kumar pioneered the use of GPUs for training convolutional neural networks.

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Seshu AjjarapuDirector of Engineering Operations

Seshu leads engineering operations at Level 5. Prior to joining Lyft, he spent 11 years at Google, most recently as Principal, Mergers & Acquisitions. In addition to acquisitions such as Nest and Skybox, he helped close transactions in many emerging markets such as Portugal, Singapore, China, and Belarus. At Google, Seshu held positions in Switzerland, Singapore, and India. He also spent a decade in the Auto industry, primarily at Ford in product design and finance.

We’re rapidly building our team

We are looking for the best and brightest. Our team members have built satellites, received Emmy awards, and even helped build the Mars Rover.

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The Road to Level 5

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The Road to Level 5

Equipping vehicles with the latest advancements in sensors

The Road to Level 5

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The Road to Level 5

Applying deep learning to predict and perceive the world around us

The Road to Level 5

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The Road to Level 5

Leveraging data from the millions of Lyft rides completed every day to train our vehicles

The Road to Level 5

Equipping vehicles with the latest advancements in sensors

The Road to Level 5

Applying deep learning to predict and perceive the world around us

The Road to Level 5

Leveraging data from the millions of Lyft rides completed every day to train our vehicles

Where we work

In Palo Alto, the Level 5 Engineering Center is the heart of Lyft’s self-driving division. This brand new, 90,000 sq. ft facility houses state-of-the-art equipment in multiple labs and garages. We also have an office in Munich, Germany and have acquired Blue Vision Labs in London, which is now our UK Level 5 hub. Lyft’s headquarters is in San Francisco, and we have satellite offices in Manhattan, Seattle, and most major metropolitan areas.

Together, we’re unlocking the self-driving future.