Cruise Automation is hiring a

Staff External HMI Technical Lead

San Francisco, United States

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

In our cars, you’re free to be yourself. It’s the same here at Cruise. We’re creating a culture that values the experiences and contributions of all of the unique individuals who collectively make up Cruise, so that every employee can do their best work. 

Cruise is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, both in our workplace and in our products. If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, come join us. Even if you might not meet every requirement, we strongly encourage you to apply. You might just be the right candidate for us.

Cruise is looking for a Staff External HMI (Human Machine Interface) Technical Lead to identify, evaluate, integrate, and lead the sourcing of display and lighting technologies for the exterior of our autonomous vehicles. In this role you will be responsible for a full external display and/or lighting solution that addresses the needs of a variety of customers, other road users, and operations staff. You will need to manage and decompose requirements from various stakeholder teams such as product, brand, industrial design, mechanical integration, electrical integration, software, and operations. You will model display and lighting performance to refine requirements and component architectures. You will build relationships with Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers to evaluate various technologies and propose customizations or even fully custom solutions. You will consult technical subject matter experts on mechanical, electrical, and optical design and integration elements, though you will be expected to contribute with a significant amount of expertise in display and lighting hardware. You will collaborate with our automotive partners to complete sourcing agreements with suppliers.

If you’re interested in helping to enhance the product experience of autonomous vehicles, let’s chat!

Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Leading the development of display and lighting technologies in partnership with Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers

  • Decomposing requirements from various stakeholders to hardware requirements

  • Modeling display and lighting parameters to balance performance, cost, vehicle styling, and other requirements

  • Collaborating with test engineers to establish methods for verifying models and/or characterizing display and lighting components and subsystems

  • Evaluating supplier technology offerings for display and lighting core technology and complete solutions

  • Leading the development of an overall subsystem design that harmonizes the product experience, cost, mass, power consumption, vehicle styling, and vehicle performance such as aerodynamics

  • Collaborating with supply partners to develop, integrate, manufacture, and scale the subsystem design


You should apply for this role if you have the following qualifications:

  • BS or MS in optics, optomechanics, electrical engineering or a related field

  • 10+ years of industry experience

  • Proficiency with optical systems, specifically displays

  • Proficiency with key performance indicators for lighting systems

  • Experience with optics, illumination fundamentals, display fundamentals, and/or optical coatings

  • Experience working with LED displays, LCDs, OLED displays, or vehicle lighting solutions

  • Experience with electromechanical systems design

  • Experience working through an automotive sourcing process at a major automotive OEM

  • Experience working with automotive Tier 1 and 2 suppliers

  • Strong communication skills

  • Ability to adapt and operate under ambiguity, setting requirements if they are not available

  • Ability to identify and act on opportunities to improve processes and increase efficiency


Bonus Points!

  • Familiarity with regulations for vehicle lighting

  • Proficiency with CAD tools such as NX, Solidworks, CATIA, etc.

  • Proficiency with programming languages such as Python, MATLAB, etc.

  • Experience with key integration concepts such as tolerance, vibration, thermal, power, etc.

  • Experience developing high-reliability hardware

  • Experience with FMEA and Functional Safety concepts

  • Familiarity with working in a mass production environment


The salary range for this position is $156,400 - 230,000. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:

    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental, jury duty, bereavement, family care, and medical leave
    • Fertility Benefits
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
    • CruiseFlex, a working policy for US-Based Cruisers, lets you and your manager find the working style that’s best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home, or a combination of home and in-office time. - learn more about CruiseFlex here
  • We’re Integrated

    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.

  • We’re Funded

    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price, and Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent

    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested

    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow. We offer a new kind of equity program called Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO), which combines IPO-like liquidity with the stability of remaining private - learn more about RLO here
  • We’re Safety Conscious

    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, caste, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Candidates applying for roles that operate and remotely operate the AV: Licensed to drive a motor vehicle in the U.S. for the three years immediately preceding your application, currently holding an active in-state regular driver’s license or equivalent, and no more than one point on driving record. A successful completion of a background check, drug screen and DMV Motor Vehicle Record check is also required.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners. 

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