Backend Developer, Autonomous Vehicle Security

The Role: Backend Developer, Autonomous Vehicle Security

Location: Palo Alto, CA


At Lyft, community is what we are and it’s what we do. It’s what makes us different. To create the best ride for all, we start in our own community by creating an open, inclusive, and diverse organization where all team members are recognized for what they bring.

Developing an autonomous vehicle is a complicated prospect.  Ultimately there’s a series of computers that are in control of passenger safety (to varying degrees), and so the security requirements of these computers must be stringent.  We quickly end up needing to design systems that must be highly reliable and highly robust, in best-of-breed architectures for segmentation and assurance, with secure development methodologies that will withstand close scrutiny.  Oh, and did we mention that there’s no instruction manual on how to do this?

We’re looking for a backend developer who likes a challenge and who wants to have an impact.  You will be responsible for designing and building security-focussed backend systems, helping to build the processes that govern that development, and ultimately you’ll help to write development specifications that will be shared with internal and external partners.  We at Lyft are intending to produce the most secure vehicle the world has ever seen, so there’s lots of possibilities for your work to have impact far beyond Lyft, and out into the rest of the automotive industry.


  • Develop and document global requirements for L5 development, particularly security standards

  • Work closely with a range of teams across L5 to gather requirements for new backend systems and develop specifications for them

  • Architect systems that meet all of the above, then gather consensus on the chosen solution

  • Plan and execute a development timeline

  • Work closely with internal and external partners on development sub-tasks

  • Once specifications, protocols, and standards are mature, help to push them into industry and government

 Experience & Skills:

  • Program in multiple languages, ideally C/C++, Python, Bash, SQL

  • Strong Cloud skills (ideally AWS)

  • Plenty of experience architecting and developing secure software

  • Strong crypto knowledge (PKCS#11 and X.509 at a minimum)

  • Experience with several development methodologies, including SDL and Agile

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

 Nice to Haves:

  • Automotive / self-driving experience 

  • Familiarity with ISO26262

  • HTML / JS experience would be a strong plus

  • Experience working with Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)

  • Published technical writing, ideally standards-based

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