Principal Software Engineer, Motion Planning

| USA | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 130-140 Annually
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The company

Outrider is a software company that is automating distribution yards with electric, self-driving trucks. Our system eliminates manual tasks that are hazardous and repetitive while it improves safety and efficiency. Outrider’s mission is to drive the rapid adoption of sustainable freight transportation. We are a private company founded in 2018 and backed by NEA, 8VC, Koch Disruptive Technologies, and other top-tier investors. Our customers are Fortune 200 companies and our autonomous trucks are already running in distribution yards. For more information, visit

The Team

You are joining a growing team that is responsible for motion planning, controls, and behaviors for Outrider’s autonomous trucks. This team is collaborative and committed to continuous improvement. Team members use tools such as off-the-shelf simulation software and data analytics to understand the performance of the product at scale in diverse situations, and they maintain a state-of-the-art motion planning stack by routinely studying new techniques from the research community. Leadership, growth, and development opportunities are plentiful.

The Role

As a full-time Principal Motion Planning Engineer, you will develop and deploy high-performance software that is responsible for controlling the behaviors of our automated electric yard truck that transports trailers around customer sites. You will steer and execute the technical strategy for our planning stack. You will collaboratively solve big technical challenges together with a talented engineering team that is customer-focused and motivated to make this product a reality. You will have the support of a leadership that is laser focused on a product.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Design, implement, and deploy motion planning and controls algorithms
  • Develop cutting-edge C++ software running on autonomous vehicles that controls their maneuvers and avoids collision with nearby obstacles
  • Build new features to support the needs of our customers in global distribution centers
  • Monitor performance metrics of our product operating at customer sites and develop new performance metrics to meet the customers’ needs
  • Contribute generally to the growth and success of Outrider and the building of a vibrant culture focused on the responsible deployment of zero-emission autonomous vehicle technology
  • Provide technical and theoretical guidance to planning team
  • Communicate and distill evaluations and results to the leadership
  • Help to design/improve our key tools: simulation, evaluation, compute
  • Lead cross functional efforts with the other autonomy stakeholders and upstream/downstream components


  • Familiarity with state of the art, best practices, and research in motion planning and controls
  • Ability to design, implement, and deploy motion planning and control software stacks
  • A growth mindset
  • Strong C++ software development skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Fluency in English
  • Recurring success in multiple technical projects of increasing complexity
  • Proven success developing motion planning and controls software for a robot or autonomous vehicle outside of the laboratory
  • Degree in CS or equivalent

Ideal Qualifications

  • Experience with software development on autonomous vehicles
  • Experience working on safety certifiable autonomous systems
  • Familiarity with the robot operating system (ROS)
  • Experience with containerised environments, such as Docker

Compensation & Benefits

  • Compensation
  • Actual compensation is based on several factors, including but not limited to job-related skills, qualifications, experience, and specific work location due to differences in the cost of labor.

  • Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
  • Company sponsored family events
  • Generous parental leave (We provide up to 12 weeks for both the primary and secondary caretaker)
  • Family medical leave

  • Culture
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Remote work program (We embrace a hybrid work culture, but promote being in-office)

  • Financial & Retirement
  • 401(K)
  • Company equity

  • Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • HSA up to $2000 annually
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Pet insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Wellness programs
  • Mental health benefits

  • Office Perks 
  • Company-sponsored outings and happy hours
  • Onsite gym
  • Free snacks and drinks
  • Home-office stipend for remote employees

  • Professional Development Benefits
  • Continuing education stipend
  • Lunch and learns

  • Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid sick days
  • Flex Time Off Policy

At Outrider, we believe in cultivating an environment where there is diversity of perspectives, experiences, and knowledge with the expectation that we thrive in an inclusive environment. Outrider is committed to a workforce where everyone's opportunities are limitless regardless of race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, veteran status, or any others that are protected by law.

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