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Minimum USD Salary: 241,000
Maximum USD Salary: 320,000

Industry: Engineering

Company: Drivemode

Our Mission: Driving technology always feels old. Not by a little bit. We believe vehicles can be a thousand times smarter, safer, and more connected to the world around us, and our mission is to see it happen. In 2019, we joined forces with Honda as their first startup acquisition, and now we’re expanding our vision into building the future of electric vehicles (BEV) for millions of people around the world.

Why Drivemode: Drivemode is the new software and user experience division of Honda that is focused on digital experience for new electric vehicles. You will be joining an exciting startup environment that combines impactful work, competitive compensation, and excellent benefits. By becoming a part of our team, you’ll contribute to our crucial mission of changing the way people engage with vehicles and help solving the world’s environmental challenges. This presents an exceptional opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and drive Honda’s success in the EV market.

About the role: You’ll contribute to the architecture and technical vision for a line of companion apps and backend services for the new generation of electric vehicles for the Honda and Acura brands unveiled at CES this year. Target end-user systems include Android, iOS, Web, and In-Vehicle Info/Entertainment screens (Android Automotive OS). You’ll report to our VP of Engineering in Mountain View, and support the mobile, backend, and QA teams.

We’re looking for someone who has a strong sense of ownership of product features and quality, is enthusiastic about trying new technologies, and does not hesitate to do whatever it takes to get things done, even if outside your usual responsibility area.


    • Advise and guide architecture and technology choices for engineering teams with the goal of improving the maintainability, flexibility, and scalability of systems, both current and future
    • Lead software architecture reviews for products and features
    • Create and maintain artifacts and documentation for architecture and technology decisions
    • Promote adoption of common technologies and design patterns for both the US and Japan-based engineering teams
    • Influence the technical decisions of non-Drivemode teams whose software we depend upon
    • Work with safety standards (such as ISO 26262) and cybersecurity considerations in automotive software development (UN R155 R156) to ensure the safety and security of software systems
    • Mentor software engineers
    • Collaborate with product teams, project managers, and 3rd-party developers to align on goals and guide implementation
    • Participate in automotive software development, including embedded systems, real-time operating systems, and automotive software architecture
    • Work with industry standards and compliance requirements for automotive software, ensuring that the developed software meets regulatory expectations
    • Work effectively with cross-functional teams, including hardware engineers, control systems engineers, backend engineers, mobile engineers, and other stakeholders, fostering an integrated approach to software development in the automotive industry


    • 3+ years experience doing full-stack development on Mobile Applications and APIs
    • Team player with a positive attitude who is committed to continuously improving the team, the product, and the company
    • A passion for teaching and promoting new technologies and best practices
    • 7+ years of experience designing, building, and maintaining globally distributed software systems
    • Experience working with 3rd-party firms and contract developers
    • Deep knowledge of cloud technologies with one or more providers (AWS, GCP, Azure)
    • Ability to design and architect complex software systems that integrate hardware components, backend services, and mobile applications, ensuring a holistic and efficient approach
    • Strong collaboration skills
    • 5-10% travel within the US and Asia is required, depending on the project.

Nice to Have:

    • Experience with automotive communication protocols such as Controller Area Network (CAN), Local Interconnect Network (LIN) and Ethernet
    • Japanese language proficiency

$241,000 – $320,000 a year

This is the position’s total compensation package including the company’s bonus structure. This position also comes with full benefits. Actual compensation packages are based on a wide array of factors unique to each candidate, including but not limited to demonstrated skill set, years and depth of relevant experience, and some role-dependent factors. We welcome direct conversations with each candidate about compensation in all of our initial calls.

EEOC Statement

Drivemode is proud of a very diverse team with employees coming from 5 continents/11 countries as of today. Diversity in our workplace has played an important part in our success; we recognize each employee’s unique background, knowledge, experiences, ideas, and viewpoints which are all critical in developing a product that has the greatest impacts on drivers all over the world.

Drivemode provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other characteristics that make you unique.

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