A peek under the hood of Delphi's Pittsburgh Labs
Auto-parts supplier Delphi has let few inside its self-driving operations near Pittsburgh.
But on Friday, a day after the company announced it plans to add about 100 jobs to its efforts in Pittsburgh, Delphi tweeted a photo of employees working on a self-driving car inside its Pittsburgh Labs at the RIDC Industrial Park in O'Hara.
The photo is a rare look at the birth of a self-driving car.
The tweeted photo shows engineers around a partially torn apart BMW 5 Series. It contains a link to a Delphi blog post about its work in Pittsburgh , calling the city part of the "heart and soul of automated technology development." The blog post has more photos showing a gutted BMW and engineers adding sensors and cameras.
"Ottomatika is busting at the seams with an influx of interested engineers, jumping at the chance to work on this world-changing technology because they can do just that. Young engineers, right out of school — as well as those with more experience — are thrilled to learn that once they start, they really start. They work on autonomous vehicle technology — right away. From day one, they roll up their sleeves and build self-driving cars," Glen De Vos, the company's CTO, wrote in the blog post.
Delphi bought Ottomatika, a Carnegie Mellon University spinout company, in 2015. You can view open positions at Delphi's Pittsburgh Labs here .
De Vos spoke to the Tribune-Review on Thursday about Delphi's expansion in the region . He said the typically quiet company would no longer be quiet about its autonomous vehicle program.
Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.