Motional is hiring a

Motion Planning Engineer - Autonomy Expansion

Pittsburgh, United States

The Autonomy Expansion team builds tools and integrates software to understand how our overall autonomy stack will perform as we expand our autonomous vehicles presence to new routes and geographical areas. Team members primarily write software in C++ and Python and work with routing, motion planning, high-level control, mapping, and data metrics regularly.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Explore the new operational design domains (ODD) that are required to deploy the existing autonomy system in new cities
  • Develop tools in C++ and Python and integrate them in the planning & control stack to define and analyze ODDs in new cities at scale.
  • Deploy the autonomy system in new cities with a focus on planning and control behavior
  • Work together with the planning and control teams to resolve critical deployment issues in new cities under the existing ODDs.
  • Define and develop autonomy performance metrics and tools that can measure the deployment progress in new cities.
  • Support the design of long-term solutions to handle the new ODDs with the planning and control teams.

What we’re looking for:

  • Degree in Robotics, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or a related field
  • Fluent in modern C++ (11/14/17) software development in a Linux environment.
  • Familiarity with Python is a plus. 
  • Prior industrial experience deploying robots/self-driving vehicles in production. 
  • Experience with robotics, motion planning and/or control.
  • Strong debugging and root cause analysis skills.

Bonus points (not required):

  • Familiarity with data analysis
  • Familiarity with one of the following systems (prediction/perception/localization)


The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors including but not limited to specific skills, experience and expertise, role location, certifications, licenses, and business needs. The estimated compensation range listed in this job posting reflects base salary only. This role may include additional forms of compensation such as a bonus or company equity. The recruiter assigned to this role can share more information about the specific compensation and benefit details associated with this role during the hiring process. 

Candidates for certain positions are eligible to participate in Motional’s benefits program. Motional’s benefits include but are not limited to medical, dental, vision, 401k with a company match, health saving accounts, life insurance, pet insurance, and more.

Salary Range
$120,000$189,999 USD

Motional is a driverless technology company making self-driving vehicles a safe, reliable, and accessible reality.

The Motional team is made up of engineers, researchers, innovators, dreamers and doers, who together are creating a first-of-its-kind technology with the potential to transform the way we move. We’re behind some of the industry's largest leaps forward, including the first fully-autonomous cross-country drive in the U.S, the launch of the world's first robotaxi pilot, and operation of the world's most-established public robotaxi fleet.

As a leader in an emerging industry that has the promise of creating safer, more reliable and accessible transportation for all, it’s imperative we have a diverse workforce, create an inclusive culture, and understand the communities we operate in around the world. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is fundamental to Motional’s success. That’s why we’ve established a team to ensure DEI is at the forefront of the candidate and employee experience, beginning with the hiring process and continuing throughout your career. We also partner with organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Society of Women Engineers to ensure our DEI work is informed by the latest thinking and approaches.

Strategically formed by Hyundai Motor Group and Aptiv, Motional is fundamentally changing how people move through their lives. Headquartered in Boston, Motional has operations in the U.S and Asia. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


Motional AD Inc. is an EOE. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. To comply with Federal Law, we participate in E-Verify. All newly-hired employees are queried through this electronic system established by the DHS and the SSA to verify their identity and employment eligibility.

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