We’re engineering leads at Waymo and we're here to answer your questions on hardware and software development for self-driving technology - Ask Us Anything!
Hey Reddit, we’re Satish Jeyachandran, Mizuki McGrath, and Nathaniel Fairfield, eager to hear your questions on hardware and software development of self-driving technology. Here’s a little background on each of us:
I’m Satish, and I joined Waymo in 2017 to lead the hardware organization focused on designing, integration and scaling Waymo’s self-driving system including cameras, radar, lidar, compute and more. I spent nearly two decades in hardware development and scaling products in the auto industry most recently at Tesla. Hear what I previously said on Waymo’s history and why we’re focused on full autonomy: https://www.ridehome.info/waymos-head-of-hardware-satish-jeyachandran/
Hi, I’m Miz. I joined Waymo earlier this year, after 19 years at Google working on a range of search ranking systems in Web Search, Play and Maps, and founding the Tokyo R&D center. I now lead the simulation and data science teams, inspired by how large-scale real world and virtual driving can bring us closer to making autonomous vehicles an everyday reality. You can read more about some of those efforts here: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/08/inside-waymos-secret-testing-and-simulation-facilities/537648/
I’m Nathaniel, and I'm one of the earliest members of Project Chauffeur, that went on to become the Google self-driving car project and now Waymo. I've worn many hats during my decade here, including leading our early explorations of transportation as a service and door-to-door driving. I lead the behavior prediction, motion planning, routing and fleet assistance teams. I have a background in computer science and robotics. You might have recently seen me talking about how our Driver tackles the unusual task of driving on Halloween: https://twitter.com/Waymo/status/1189997577099366400
Edit: We've got 10 minutes left so we're wrapping up now.
Edit: Redditers, this has been so fun! Thank you for your fantastic questions -- we’re excited to have our first AMA under our belt. We do plan to do more of these in the future so stay tuned for dates!