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Congratulations for applying to join the Torc team! You’ve chosen to work to forward your career with a group of innovative engineers who have spent over a decade working to increase safety, accessibility, and freedom through autonomous technology.
You’ve submitted your application, what happens next? The process varies from role to role, but generally we use a combination of technical assessments, remote interviews, and the on-site interview to get to know you. Our dedicated hiring team will reach out to you about each step in the process.
The timeline: engineering roles
Engineers at Torc get to work on some of the most interesting, challenging, and rewarding projects in autonomous technology.
Depending on the role, you may be sent one or more coding assessments to help us determine the correct placement for you. You also may complete a live CodePair interview with a Torc’r. Check out this CodePair interview checklist from HackerRank to help you prepare.
On-site interviews are scheduled after your scores and resume have been reviewed by our engineering leads.
The timeline: non-engineering roles
After the initial resume review, our team will reach out to you and let you know the next steps.
We will often invite you to a phone or remote interview to get to know you. At Torc, we work to better understand each applicant and to identify specific skills which help to make our candidates more successful from day one.
If we determine you to be a good fit for the role, we will schedule an on-
site interview with you.
Tips for the first stepsTake your time with coding challenges
Our team designed coding assessments to help us determine your skills and team placement. We recommend that you ensure you are well rested and comfortable for the assessment. Take your time – our team provided more time than necessary to so that applicants don’t feel the need to rush through the problems.
Learn about Torc
Before a phone or remote interview, take some time to research Torc’s history and our innovative projects. We will be interested to know what excites you most about joining our team. A good place to start is the Torc media page and our social media channels.
Confirm interview details
Part of our interviewing process is often done remotely, and if chosen to continue, we ask our candidates to meet us at our headquarters. Our recruiting team will send you emails confirming the location of the interview. We encourage our candidates to confirm the interview details and reach out with any questions prior to the interview.
Need extra accommodations? Let us know
As an equal opportunity employer, Torc is committed to providing access to people with physical and mental disabilities. If you need an extra accommodation to complete a test, phone interview, or on-site interview due to a disability, we will work with you to provide reasonable accommodations. Please contact our HR department via email with a description of your request.
Tips for the on-site interview
On-site interviews take place at Torc’s headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia. Our address is:
Whatever your individual style is, ensure you put your best foot forward at the interview with your attire choices. We recommend well-fitting business casual attire that you feel comfortable in. Our interviewers notice that you put in the effort to look your best.
Arrive with time to spare
Taking the initiative to come to the job interview 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time will not only make a great first impression, but you will have time to check in, introduce yourself, and gather your thoughts before the interview.
It takes time to schedule all needed parties for an on-site interview, so we appreciate candidates who arrive on time. However, we understand that sometimes emergencies do occur. If you are going to be late or need to reschedule your interview, please inform us as soon as possible.
What to bring and what not to bring
Bring work that you’re proud of – we encourage our candidates to bring their portfolios or presentations of their accomplishments to their on-site interview. You may also want to have a few extra copies of your resume for team members to review.
Leave cameras or phones in the car – our customer’s projects are proprietary; so, visitors cannot take photos inside the building. If you need to bring a device in, we will cover the camera for you when you check in at the front desk.
The on-site interview is not only to let us know about you, but to give you more information about the role you will be playing in creating technology that revolutionizes transportation. Prepare questions that you’d like to know about the role, the company, or your team.
Tell us about what makes you unique
The Torc team is not only interested in your resume, we also want to know what makes you who you are. The business skills and personality traits you have are just as important to your success as your technical experience is.
Candidates who showcase a willingness to learn, strong work ethic, and passion for changing the world with self-driving technology are going to fit in well with our team.
Haven’t applied yet? Check out our job openings and discover a rewarding career in the game-changing field of autonomous vehicles. Torc is expanding rapidly, and new openings are being added regularly.
At Torc, we celebrate diversity and believe a team works better when its members represent a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. Torc is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employee and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
BLACKSBURG, VA – Santa’s reindeer aren’t the only ones nimbly navigating snowy roads.
Torc Robotics challenged its Asimov self-driving software system by driving multiple routes in the Blacksburg area during a snowstorm. The trips included everything from highways to downtown streets and country roads.
Driving in snow can be treacherous for even the most experienced driver.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 24 percent of weather-related crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement.
Torc’s self-driving car navigates day and night snow scenarios - YouTube
Torc’s self-driving software system was successful despite snow-covered road markings, tracks from previous vehicles that weren’t centered in the lane, and frozen precipitation that obscured the roof-mounted cameras. Torc’s sensor system also was able to distinguish falling snow from actual objects in the road.
Torc has been developing self-driving vehicle technology since 2005. The company previously implemented its technology in two Lexus RX vehicles, nicknamed Asimov. The vehicles successfully logged robotic testing in more than 20 states while operating on both public roads and closed courses with zero accidents. Torc’s autonomous vehicle technology has successfully navigated heavy urban traffic, aggressive tailgating, heavy rains, snow and highway detours.
Torc’s technology is based on commercially-proven systems the team has developed over the past decade for safety-critical applications such as mining and defense.
About Torc Robotics
Torc Robotics, headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia, offers a complete autonomous software solution for mobility applications like self-driving cars and transit by working with partners in automotive, transit and technology. Torc also provides self-driving technology in safety-critical environments like defense, mining, and agriculture. Founded in 2005, Torc has integrated its self-driving solutions on ground vehicles ranging from SUVs to 300-ton mining trucks.
Torc’s self-driving cars, nicknamed Asimov, successfully logged robotic testing in more than 20 states while operating on both public roads and closed courses with zero accidents. The testing included a coast-to-coast trip across the United States and extensive driving in densely-packed streets such as those located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Torc recently announced a new demo platform with commercially viable components implemented on a Chrysler Pacifica.
Video compiled using footage from Torc team members’ cameras, cell phones, and Asimov’s roof-mounted camera.
We don’t just share the road with other vehicles. We share the road with people as they walk, run and bike to their destinations. Our autonomous car system, Asimov, is designed to treat people differently than cars, because they move differently. Torc’s number one priority has always been safety. While navigating traffic, the safest decision may require assertive driving. However, we always take a cautious approach toward pedestrians.
This video shows real situations that our self-driving car encountered with people on public roads. You’ll see our car stop for a person stepping off a crowded sidewalk into the street right in front of us. We shift over to provide space for a person walking in the bicycle lane. Our self-driving car predicts pedestrian movement to safely yield at crosswalks, stopping to allow people to cross before they even enter, or cautiously passing by if it is determined that the person plans to wait to cross.
Torc Self-Driving Car - How We Share the Road - YouTube
We use our robust sensor suite and machine learning to detect and classify people as different entities than other objects, allowing the system to better understand how to safely behave around them.
At Torc, we believe that self-driving cars will increase the safety of everyone in and outside the car. This is how we share the road.
Those who live in Blacksburg, Virginia, know that winter weather often happens in waves and there are a handful of significant snowfalls per year. While the snow might not accumulate here as much as in northern states, the area’s mountain roads add an additional challenge for those willing to drive in the conditions.
Our Asimov team took advantage of the winter weather by jumping to the task of taking the self-driving car system out on public roads during all hours of the day and night.
The weather provided challenges such as snow-covered road markings, tracks from previous vehicles that weren’t centered in the lane, frozen precipitation obscuring the roof-mounted cameras, and falling snow that needed to be distinguished from actual objects in the road by the car’s sensor system.
Torc’s self-driving car navigates day and night snow scenarios - YouTube
The team overcame these obstacles and autonomously navigated the wintery conditions, driving multiple routes on everything from highways to downtown streets to smaller country roads.
As the self-driving system successfully performed through the complex weather, the team filmed the milestone along the way. This video is compiled from the team’s cameras, cell phones, and Asimov’s roof-mounted camera footage.
The Torc self-driving car not only conquered daytime driving in the snow, it also traveled on a variety of routes at night during one of the biggest snowfalls of the winter. In this clip, Asimov navigates autonomously around a traffic circle at night. Our team uses multiple methods in perception and navigation to allow the system to know where lane lines are on the road, even though the markings are covered in a blanket of snow. This allows Asimov to perform the necessary lane changes to stay on its planned route through the circle.
Asimov self-driving car navigates snow-covered traffic circle at night - YouTube
In order for self-driving cars to be able to go anywhere, they need to be able to navigate roads that have missing or unclear lane lines. Our self-driving platform includes robust localization capabilities and multiple methods of positioning the car on roads that do not rely on lane lines alone.
This video demonstrates the Torc self-driving car navigating along faded lines, as well as on a road with no lines at all. Our car continues to follow the road at a safe distance from potential vehicles driving in the adjacent lane, and drives in a consistent path in spite of rough road.
Torc Self-Driving Capability Day 30: Navigate roads with faded or missing lane markings - YouTube
We’re showcasing the capabilities of our autonomous car system on real public roads with real scenarios the car has encountered. To get updates on the latest videos, check back on our blog or subscribe to our YouTube channel.