Canoo Technologies Inc.

ADAS Engineer Motion Planning (Controls)

Full Time
Location : Location

About Canoo

About Canoo

 Canoo’s mission is to bring EVs to Everyone and build a world-class team to deploy this sustainable mobility revolution. We have developed breakthrough electric vehicles that are reinventing the automotive landscape with pioneering technologies, award-winning designs, and a unique business model that spans all owners in the full lifecycle of the vehicle. Canoo is starting production in 2022 and is distinguished by its pioneering and experienced team of technologists, engineers, and designers. With offices around the country, the company is scaling quickly and seeking candidates who love to challenge themselves, are motivated by purpose, and possess a strong desire to get things done.


The “Canoo Way”

 Canoo’s success is the direct result of our disciplined application of our core operating principles and drills, which are based on three main principles: Think 80/20 (“Important versus less important”), Act 30/30 (“Reduce waste and increase output”), and Live 90/10 (“We have each other’s back”). We hire based on “MET” - Mindset, Equipment and willingness to Train - and seek individuals that take accountability and deliver results while being Humble, Hungry to succeed, and Hunting for opportunities to win. We train our team to engage with each other by modulating between their intellect (iQ) and emotional intelligence (eQ), applying Facts, Finesse, and Force when they communicate. The principles and drills of the CANOO Way have been fundamental to our success, our ability to grow, continuously improve, innovate and are at the core of our day-to-day operations.


As a Motion Controls Engineer you will develop and maintain software for vehicle perception using various sensor input devices including Cameras, LIDAR, RADAR, ultrasonic, GPS, IMU and others on Vehicle CAN. You will be responsible for various motion planning and control tasks such as developing algorithms for lane centering, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot detections, cross traffic alerts etc.


  • List the essential duties required to carry out this job.
  • Research, design, simulate, specify, implement, debug, and test control and estimation algorithms for autonomous driving applications with basic longitudinal and lateral motion planning.
  • Develop, maintain, and deliver quality control software for ADAS features.
  • Develop unit test cases and simulation test cases for validation of developed software in compliance to ISO26262.
  • Work collaboratively with responsible electrical, mechanical, and firmware engineers to define sensing requirements, establish control system capabilities, and set targets
  • Advance Canoo IP in control systems



  • MS/PhD in ME, EE, Controls Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent
  • 3-5 Years of experience in automotive industry deploying control algorithms for ADAS applications
  • Familiarity with classical control theory, optimal controls, observers, regulators, state-space, dynamic and kinematic models
  • Demonstrate performance in a position requiring engineering technical excellence
  • Strong communication and preference for working in teams
  • High level of interpersonal skills, Self-motivated, comfortable operating without direct supervision
  • Model development and data analysis in Matlab/Simulink
  • Worked with lateral control algorithms such as LQR, MPC, Stanley, Pure Pursuit etc.
  • Worked with longitudinal control algorithms such as MPC, PID, LQR, LQG etc.
  • Experience in at least one of: robotics research in motion planning and control, systems analysis, stability, and controller design
  • Experience, understanding, and intuition for the physics of basic electric propulsion and motion control systems


  • Programming ability in C, C++, Python
  • Professional experience in embedded software and hardware integration for complex electronic devices
  • Experience in Design/Development of Safety Critical Systems/Components
  • Experience in automotive network protocols such as CAN and Ethernet
  • Familiar with Operating Systems concepts AUTOSAR, embedded linux, functional safety, ISO 26262
  • Experience with automotive electronic modules and sensors

What's Cool About Working Here...

  • Meaningful, challenging work that will redefine automotive landscape and make EVs available to everyone
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Equity Compensation
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Casual workplace with an unbelievable feeling of energy

Canoo is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable federal, state and local law.


Any unsolicited resumes or candidate profiles submitted in response to our job posting shall be considered the property of Canoo Inc. and its subsidiaries and are not subject to payment of referral or placement fees if any such candidate is later hired by Canoo unless you have a signed written agreement in place with us which covers the applicable job posting. 


Canoo cares deeply about the safety of all candidates who may be asked to participate in an in-person interview. While the company remains operational, some of our positions are remote, while others require working on-site. Canoo is following the Covid-19 protocols set forth by local state and federal governance and the CDC guidelines. Candidates who are vaccinated will be asked to provide a copy of proof of vaccination upon arrival for the interview. Candidates who are not vaccinated will be asked to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test that is no less than 48 hours old. We ask that you practice hand hygiene, social distance, and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to Covid-19. We appreciate your cooperation with our safety protocols while you explore your future with Canoo!


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