1 year after unveiling Asimov self-driving car, Torc nearly doubling team, expanding project | Robotics

Following the rollout of its Asimov self-driving car system exactly one year ago today, and “human-like” public demos at CES in January, Torc is nearly doubling the size of its team and continues to expand the project.

BLACKSBURG, VA – Following the rollout of its Asimov self-driving car system exactly one year ago today, and “human-like” public demos at CES in January, Torc is nearly doubling the size of its team and continues to expand the project.

“We’ve grown our team more in the last year, since launching Asimov, than we have in the last 10 years combined,” said Torc CEO Michael Fleming. “This larger team allows us to meet the growing demand of our customers in the self-driving space and positions us for continued success.”

Fleming said Torc seeks innovative software developers who enjoy solving complex and real-world problems in non-traditional ways, and has expanded its search to international candidates. The company’s mission is saving lives through robotics and has one core value: winning teams.

Torc is hiring for a variety of positions, but most of the new recruits are software engineers who join the company’s deep bench of self-driving technologists—several of whom participated in the legendary DARPA competitions. They will help Torc continue to improve its cross-industry end-to-end software stack.

“In addition to self-driving cars, our technology is implemented in many safety-critical environments, including mining and defense,” said Torc CTO Ben Hastings. “Launching Asimov in 2017 gave us the opportunity to showcase this experience and its potential for saving lives on public roadways. Now we’re focused on more seamlessly integrating the technology and offering a market-ready product that consumers can trust.”

Torc is headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, which was recently named a top-10 U.S. job market, and was named Company of the Year in May by the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council.

About Torc Robotics

Torc Robotics, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, provides end-to-end self-driving solutions across multiple industries, including automotive, mining, and defense. Founded in 2005, Torc has integrated its components and systems on ground vehicles ranging from consumer SUVs to 300-ton mining trucks—in safety-critical environments. Torc first gained notice when it developed the self-driving software stack for Virginia Tech in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge. As one of three winners of the DARPA Urban Challenge, Torc has commercialized this technology through partnerships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their Tier 1 suppliers.

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