Senior Software Engineer, C++ Runtime Infrastructure - Palo Alto, CA, Remote

Latitude AI ( is an automated driving technology company developing a hands-free, eyes-off driver assist system for next-generation Ford vehicles at scale. We’re driven by the opportunity to reimagine what it’s like to drive and make travel safer, less stressful, and more enjoyable for everyone.  

When you join the Latitude team, you’ll work alongside leading experts across machine learning and robotics, cloud platforms, mapping, sensors and compute systems, test operations, systems and safety engineering – all dedicated to making a real, positive impact on the driving experience for millions of people. 

As a Ford Motor Company subsidiary, we operate independently to develop automated driving technology at the speed of a technology startup. Latitude is headquartered in Pittsburgh with engineering centers in Dearborn, Mich., and Palo Alto, Calif.

Meet the team:

We’re searching for a Senior Software Engineer to come and join the Foundations and Frameworks Runtime Infrastructure (RI) team at Latitude AI. As a Senior Software Engineer within the RI group at Latitude AI, you will be responsible for designing, delivering, and maintaining software systems that run as part of our advanced driver assist system. The team works cross-functionally with several groups including systems engineering, autonomy (localization, perception, planning, controls), the onboard platform team, and project management. You will be an integral part of the team collaborating closely with the broader Latitude AI organization including experts in machine learning, robotics, sensor processing, and simulation helping to optimize their development and speed their time to delivery.

The goal of the RI team is to provide infrastructure support to the rest of the development groups by creating world-class features and tools while also collaborating closely with stakeholders to understand and service their unique needs. Latitude AI is team-centric organization and the RI team plays a key role providing features to enhance development while at the same time providing a reliable, stable and safe system which stakeholders can count on. The Foundations and Frameworks team develops the core execution and messaging frameworks that underpin the rest of the technology stack and provide the conduit for fast efficient synchronization between the core compute systems.

What you’ll do: 

  • Design, develop, and test the reliable and high-performance software that all autonomy functions are built on
  • Develop tools for providing insight into the performance and behavior of the system
  • Work closely with the simulation team to ensure that the runtime system is accurately tested off-vehicle in a virtual environment
  • Create automated unit and integration tests that verify the software works as expected and meets the requirements
  • Collaborate with autonomy teams to ensure the the runtime infrastructure integrates well with their systems, enabling their success
  • Participate in system-wide software architecture development

What you'll need to succeed:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Robotics or a related field and 4+ years of relevant experience (or Master's degree and 2+ years of relevant experience, or PhD)
  • Proven experience in developing embedded software or robotics software on a resource-constrained compute platform
  • At least 3 years of development experience using C++11 or newer in a systems programming role
  • Experience developing in a Linux or Unix environment
  • Ability to design software components and systems and clearly communicate your designs through documents, diagrams, and presentations
  • Strong team player able to operate effectively on cross functional teams to deliver an integrated software product
  • Track record of operating effectively on cross-functional product development teams culminating in successful launches

Nice to have: 

  • Experience with Bazel
  • Experience with QNX
  • Experience with ROS or another robotics platform
  • Experience with software systems using a publish/subscribe model of communication (e.g. ZeroMQ or MQTT)
  • Experience with POSIX APIs
  • Familiarity with ISO-26262 and/or other software safety standards

What we offer you:

  • Competitive compensation packages
  • High-quality individual and family medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Health savings account with available employer match
  • Employer-matched 401(k) retirement plan with immediate vesting
  • Employer-paid group term life insurance and the option to elect voluntary life insurance
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid medical leave
  • Unlimited vacation
  • 15 paid holidays
  • Complimentary daily lunches, beverages, and snacks for onsite employees
  • Pre-tax spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • Monthly wellness stipend
  • Adoption/Surrogacy support program
  • Backup child and elder care program
  • Professional development reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Discounted programs that include legal services, identity theft protection, pet insurance, and more
  • Company and team bonding outlets: employee resource groups, quarterly team activity stipend, and wellness initiatives

Learn more about Latitude’s team, mission and career opportunities at!

The expected base salary range for this full-time position in California is $170,560-$234,520 USD. Actual starting pay will be based on job-related factors, including exact work location, experience, relevant training and education, and skill level. Latitude employees are also eligible to participate in Latitude’s annual bonus programs, equity compensation, and generous Company benefits program, subject to eligibility requirements.

Candidates for positions with Latitude AI must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.


Job Profile


North America


United States


Competitive compensation Employee Assistance Program Health savings account Paid holidays Paid parental leave Professional development reimbursement Unlimited Vacation Wellness stipend


C++ Cloud platforms Embedded Software Development Linux Machine Learning Robotics Systems programming UNIX

  • Collaborate with autonomy teams for integration
  • Collaborate with simulation team for accurate testing
  • Create automated tests
  • Design, develop, and test reliable and high-performance software
  • Develop tools for system performance insight
  • Participate in software architecture development

4+ years


Bachelor's degree Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Master's degree Robotics


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