Optimus Ride is a self-driving vehicle startup working to enable safe, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions. Our mission is to transform cities and pave the way for a more sustainable future through the introduction of self-driving technologies.
Optimus Ride headquarters are located in the Boston Seaport District. Our team hails from a diverse set of backgrounds, and cumulatively has decades of experience building self-driving vehicles, electric vehicles, manufacturing robots, surgical robots, autonomous drones, underwater robots, and more. We aim for a highly collaborative, hands-on, and open environment where peers learn from each other while building technologies for real-world environments.
Transportation is for everyone, and we create a better product when our team reflects our users. We constantly strive for a culture where under-indexed groups are welcome and can flourish.
This role is located in Reston, VA. The Tester position is critical to achieving Optimus Ride’s mission to provide our customers with a professional autonomous transportation service. This is a customer facing role where you will be representing Optimus Ride and ensuring all safety precautions are taken while operating the vehicle.
Our team is focused on a rapid path to market, in order to maximize the benefits of self-driving technologies for all. To do this, we need team members to be versatile, have leadership qualities, and be enthusiastic about tackling problems across the full range of our systems. Working at Optimus Ride you will innovate with engineers and designers, and engage with customers who are eager to be first adopters of cutting-edge technologies and enable self-driving systems to be possible today.
Part-time contractor roles are available.
Conducting tests with self-driving vehicles in pilot locations with mentorship from the engineering team
Monitoring all systems in the vehicle during testing on public and private roads
Safely operating vehicle and following testing plan provided by test engineers
Providing detailed feedback to the engineering team on test results and vehicle performance
Building strong relationships with your customers by ensuring an outstanding customer experience
Comfort with computers and running/operating software from a laptop in a moving vehicle
Must be at least 21 years old with an active and valid driver’s license for at least one year
Ability to test vehicles for extended hours
Excellent communication and decision making skills, especially when driving
Ability to follow test plans with a strong attention to detail
Ability to multi-task and work in a team environment
Ability to pass safety driver suitability check and assessment
Satisfactory driving record required
Familiarity with Linux operating System and Unix command line interface
Experience with software testing, following or creating test cases, finding defects and working with engineering to document, reproduce and test
Previous professional driving experience (e.g. driving for rental agency, limousines, chauffeur, etc.)
Previous experience working with test engineers and managers
Previous Operations experience
Bachelor of Science in a technical field
Optimus Ride provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
Benefits and Working Environment
At Optimus Ride, we strive to support our employees by offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits and a world class working environment that is centered around the team. We nurture creativity and provide expansive opportunities for growth and development.
About Optimus Ride
Optimus Ride Inc. is an MIT spinoff company based in Boston, MA that develops technologies to enable efficient, sustainable, and equitable mobility solutions. We are designing a fully autonomous (level 4) system for electric vehicle fleets.
We combine over 30 years of interdisciplinary university research in self‑driving technologies (DARPA Urban Challenge), electric vehicles (CityCar), and Mobility-on-Demand Systems. The team includes a decade of industrial and entrepreneurial experience that combines manufacturing robots, urban design, and shared vehicle fleet management.