Peering under the Hood at Argo AI, the Company Building Ford’s Self-Driving System

Some 16 months after Ford initially announced its intention to invest $1 billion in a startup with only a handful of people on its staff, remarkably little real information has been revealed about Argo AI. Based in Pittsburgh, home of Carnegie Mellon University and some of the most advanced robotics research in the world, Argo is tasked with creating a production-ready automated driving system for Ford.

Two weeks ago, Argo moved into shiny new offices located on the bank of the Allegheny River, next door to where the company started in late 2016. The engineering team currently occupies the top floor of a five-story building. They eventually expect to fill half of the structure as the company grows. As of this month, Argo has 338 employees divided among Pittsburgh; Dearborn, Michigan; and Miami, along with an office in Cranbury, New Jersey, where the lidar specialists from Princeton Lightwave, a recent Ford acquisition, are based.