Autonomous vehicle company Waymo to open Pittsburgh office

PITTSBURGH — Mountain View, California-based autonomous vehicle company Waymo plans to open a Pittsburgh office, joining Aurora, Argo AI, Motional and Locomation in developing self-driving cars locally.

Waymo, which started as Google’s self-driving car project in 2009, will co-locate with Google’s space in Bakery Square, according to Julia Ilina, communications manager for Waymo.

Ilina said the company expects to hire about 20 engineers by the end of the year with plans for further growth after that. Waymo will achieve some of that initial team through acquiring intellectual property rights to Pittsburgh-based RobotWits technology and onboarding its employees, including CEO Maxim Likhachev.

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