Product Manager - Autonomous Vehicle Simulation

The Role: Product Manager - Autonomous Vehicle Simulation

Location: Palo Alto, CA


About this opportunity

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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.

From day one, Lyft’s mission has been to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. And self-driving cars are critical to that mission: they can make our streets safer, cities greener, and traffic a thing of the past. That’s why we started Level 5, our self-driving division, where we’re building a self-driving system to operate on the Lyft network. 

Level 5 is looking for doers and creative problem solvers to join us in developing the leading self-driving system for ridesharing. Our team members come from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, and each has the opportunity to have an outsized influence on the future of our technology. Our world-class software and hardware experts work in brand new garages and labs in Palo Alto, California, and offices in London, England and Munich, Germany. And we’re moving at an incredible pace: we’re currently servicing employee rides in our test vehicles on the Lyft app. Learn more at

Developing an autonomous vehicle is a complicated prospect. We’re looking for an experienced product manager to help develop our Autonomous Vehicle Simulation environment that helps power the autonomy and related software systems aboard Lyft’s autonomous vehicles. You will work in close partnership with the respective engineering teams and will help design, implement, and maintain the virtual world in which both augmented real-world data and synthetically generated data are used to help accelerate the training, prototyping, and validation of autonomous vehicles.

If you enjoy working in a fast-paced, safety-critical environment and you’re great at creating solutions given minimal detail beyond complicated requirements, you might be the person we’re looking for!


  • Completely own your team's products, existing or new, from ideation, through development, to launch, growth and maintenance

  • Communicate clearly roadmaps, priorities, experiments, and decisions across a wide spectrum of audiences from partner teams to executive levels

  • Drive the technical direction of the visualization platform that’s used by the Level 5 organization

  • Conceptualize simulation framework and architecture, such as 3D virtual environments to simulate autonomous vehicles in realistic situations, from intersection scale to city scale

  • Drive simulation testing, development, and automation of real-world data and synthetically generated data to help accelerate autonomy software development

  • Own integration of simulation with regression testing frameworks running at scale, making it an integral part of autonomy software development

  • Work cross-functionally with other teams to help enable speed and scale of simulation and autonomy software development

Experience & Skills 

  • 2+ years of product management experience, having shipped technology products

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field with at least two years of relevant professional experience

  • Knowledge of software development capabilities, preferably in C++

  • Experience with visual tools, frameworks, or UIs used to support engineering development

  • Experience in one of the following areas:

    • Helping build native developer tools

    • Experience with physical system modeling and simulation

    • Automotive software development or similar domains

  • Thrive in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment where your impact is highly visible

  • Passionate about autonomous vehicle technology and its potential to improve the world

Nice to Have

  • Experience in robotics, real-time systems, embedded system, human-computer interaction, or self-driving technologies

  • Working knowledge of various sensor technologies including camera, radar, LiDAR, ultrasonic, and vehicle state sensors

  • Experience developing virtual world environment for games, such as Lumberyard, Unity3d, Unreal, CryEngine and / or other world simulation environments

  • Experience with graphics APIs and frameworks such as OpenGL, DirectX, or Vulkan