Ten­cent builds self-driv­ing car team in Sil­i­con Val­ley

Business World - - Labor&management -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Chi­nese tech­nol­ogy com­pany Ten­cent Hold­ings Ltd is re­cruit­ing self­driv­ing car engi­neers in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia, join­ing a crowded field of cor­po­ra­tions vy­ing for tal­ent in the heart of Sil­i­con Val­ley.

Sil­i­con Val­ley is a hub for test­ing and re­search of au­tonomous ve­hi­cles, with five dozen com­pa­nies per­mit­ted to test such cars on Cal­i­for­nia roads. But state records as of last month did not show Ten­cent had an au­tonomous ve­hi­cle test­ing per­mit.

“We are build­ing a re­search team for our Auto-drive Team based in Palo Alto, CA,” the com­pany said in job ad­ver­tise­ments on LinkedIn. There are at least nine post­ings on LinkedIn for en­gi­neer­ing po­si­tions in ar­eas in­clud­ing mo­tion plan­ning, sen­sor fu­sion, ve­hi­cle in­tel­li­gence and ma­chine learn­ing.

The job post­ings date back be­tween two weeks and a month, ac­cord­ing to LinkedIn.

Ten­cent de­clined to com­ment on its self-driv­ing plans in Sil­i­con Val­ley.

Ten­cent’s Chi­nese ri­val Baidu Inc was one of the first of the new gen­er­a­tion of Chi­nese com­pa­nies to set up a base in Sil­i­con Val­ley in 2011. It has an au­tonomous ve­hi­cle test­ing per­mit in Cal­i­for­nia —

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