comma Careers: Reasons to Apply
1. At comma you’ll be surrounded by technical excellence.
If you can get hired here, you can get hired anywhere. We’re a team of mostly engineers and the bar is high.
2. comma is somewhat under the radar with a very large driving network.
We currently have the third largest network in the world after Tesla and Waymo. Shooting for second by the end of the year. Joining the comma network is much cheaper than buying a Tesla, and much much cheaper than it costs Waymo to add a car and pay a safety driver. – comma.ai in 2017
So why comma.ai? Because you want to do something with your life. You want to see progress being made. You want to change the way the narrative will play out. You are bored, and want the world to be less boring. And at the end of the day, you want to win.
3. The comma thesis and plan are ambitious and impressive.
Every car manufacturer writing low quality autonomy features? This is phones in 2007. Sure, Blackberrys and GMs look nice now, but after a few OTA updates from Tesla they will be a joke.
What happened to phones will happen to cars. The iOS and the Android. The Autopilot and the openpilot.
Also, check out the comma.ai slack. They have a big highly interested community. comma isn’t a building a toy, but this post by Chris Dixon is still a useful way of looking at it: The next big thing will start out looking like a toy
4. comma is suited to a specific type of engineer. The right type of engineer will love it.
Personal accountability is big at comma. You’ll lead projects completely on your own.
This is a place for people who don’t want micro management, don’t want meetings. If you want a corporate structure or ladder, this is the wrong place.
5. comma has actual users. And they have a path to improving people’s lives.
Back in reality, the average American commute is 25.4 minutes. It’s mostly on the freeway. And it’s mostly unpleasant. This is what we can fix, and it is the path to practical self driving cars.
“My oldest son is 11, this means that in four and a half years he is going to be able to get his driver license. My team now is committed to make sure that that does not happen.”
“In about 2 years, summon should work anywhere connected by land and not blocked by borders, e.g. you’re in LA and the car is in NY.”
The two quotes above are from Chris Urmson (ex-Google, now Aurora) and Elon Musk (Tesla) from 2015 and 2016 respectively. Now, about three years later, those goals don’t seem any closer. Driverless cars have a long way to go before they start affecting the lives of the 140 million daily US commuters and it’s unrealistic to assume that this will change anytime soon. Even apart from the technical challenges, driverless rides are nowhere near beating ridesharing services in either cost or practicality.
At comma we think that most self driving startups and automakers are overcommitting to driverless technology, while missing the focus of what’s problematic in today’s way of driving.
So, how do we make driving better?
Comma’s mission is to provide a solution to enhance people’s drives, on cars they already own. We believe that driver assistance features, like automated highway driving, in conjunction with a monitoring system that checks the driver’s attention, will be a significant step forward in reducing driving stress and road accidents.
comma is currently in the phase of getting a product that has product-market fit with a larger userbase. They have a smaller group of users who already love the product.
6. Next step
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