Engineering at NIRA
Working with great people, in an organization where you can really make a difference and help shape the future of mobility – how does that sound? Great, then read on, because we’re always on the lookout for new talent.
Welcome to the workplace of tomorrow
Shaping the future of mobility
On these pages we want to give you a taste of what it’s like to work as an engineer at NIRA. As you will discover, whether you’re in Vehicle Onboard Analytics or Road Perception – which are our two main business areas – the- re’s an incredibly broad range of interesting challenges to tackle, and you will quickly be able to apply your knowledge to real-world applications. From developing onboard systems used by world-leading car manufacturers to working on offboard, cloud-based innovations for autonomous cars, engineers at NIRA are in many ways shaping the future of mobility. So perhaps it goes without saying, but innovation is something that we live and breathe. This very much comes down to a mindset that nothing is impossible. Today, more than 50 million cars are rolling the streets with our technology onboard – and it all began with an idea. That’s why we’re always asking what’s next, encouraging you to come up with your own ideas. For instance we have an idea incubator, NAIL 2.0, and every year we also host our own innovation event NIRA Creathon. What’s more, as an engineer at NIRA you have a major influence over our development processes – and you are free to work how, where and when it suits you best.
As you can tell, working at NIRA is so much more than crunching code from nine to five. In fact, your work day could involve anything from customer contact to education or attending conferences abroad. Now this is of course entirely based on your own interests and ambitions – every year we create an individual development plan together with you, where you can let your imagination run free and construct your upcoming year here at NIRA. In the end, we’re not just about the future of mobility – we are equally invested in your future as well. That’s why we’ve created a culture where people can really thrive. Something that we would like to call ‘the workplace of tomorrow’.
Mobility as a Service, car sharing and the evolution of autonomous vehicles all create new demands on vehicle diagnostics. In our business area Vehicle Onboard Analytics, we develop highly reliable software solutions for state-of-the-art vehicle diagnostics. The world-leading iTPMS, Tire Pressure Indicator – currently featured in over 50 million cars – is just one example of how NIRA contributes to smarter and safer mobility. Want to work on our onboard systems? On the following pages you’ll get a general idea of what the work entails.
Modelling and Signal Processing
Ever felt that courses at university often teach content that are of little use in work life? Well, NIRA can prove you wrong. In fact, many technical courses – such as Digital Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion or Vehicle Dynamics – have an explicit connection with the day-to-day development here at NIRA, meaning you have the opportunity to apply these theories to real-world applications. So, if you recently finished that course where you enjoyed tuning Kalman filters or fitting models to vehicle suspensions, hit us up with an application! We annually seek numerous students for master’s thesis ideas – many of which result in production code implemented in tomorrow’s vehicles.
The development of our core products often begins with signal analysis carried out in MATLAB environments, followed by handwritten conversion to embedded C-code. One of the challenges posed by the implementation in vehicle computers is the limitation of computational complexity, often making for an exciting programming problem. Of course, the automotive industry is not entirely disconnected from advances made to computational capacity. This means that newer products can leverage things like model-based development with MATLAB and Simulink followed by automated code generation – allowing us to put more focus on algorithm development rather than low-level programming details.
Implementation to Testing
Testing to Production
Code review is a core focus before code meets its production stage. We simply cannot afford bugs delivered to production code. Using a thorough code review scheme where multiple reviewers rate the code, this can be prevented. Before any code is delivered to our customers, rigorous validation on actual car data is essential. Obtaining all this data requires developing and maintaining multiple logging hardware solutions such as ones acquired from Vector and dSpace, but also some custom-developed technologies. Ensuring that our products are robust and resilient towards external factors such as stark climate variation means we must travel the world to collect the necessary validation data – from the biting cold of wintertime northern Sweden to the scorching heat of Death Valley.
Augmenting the driver’s perception of the road surface is key to increasing the safety on our roads. That’s not to say the driver has to be a person. Autonomous vehicles also need high resolution, high quality, and up to date information about the road conditions in order to drive with confidence and at speed. Our business area Road Perception is all about collecting and sharing road data in a connected vehicle cloud – giving you, the developer, a wide range of opportunities.
A broad range of topics to work in
Architect distributed systems with Kubernetes
Front-end web development using React Redux
Back-end web development using Scala and Play
Monitoring with metrics, centra- lized logging and alarms using Prometheus, Grafana and Graylog
Classify images and video using deep learning methods
Data science and machine l earning with Python notebooks
Scalable algorithm development with Apache Flink and Spark
Continuous integration and deployment pipelines with Jenkins
Data visualization and rendering of large datasets on a map
Simulate millions of cars using Akka
Imagine a system that can collect information about the road from connected cars in real time, combine it with weather data, generate precise map-layers of road properties such as friction, and then distribute these map-layers back to the cars. Well, we are building it right now. The system, called Road Surface Information, must scale to millions of vehicles around the world, be fault tolerant and highly available, and have an end-to-end latency in the order of a few minutes maximum. Working on an offboard, cloud-based system such as Road Surface Information means you will have the opportunity to focus on anything or everything that interests you. You can become a specialist or a generalist or something in-between. Here’s just a taste of some of the areas you might encounter.
We would like to tell you more about working at NIRA
Now that you’ve learnt what it’s like to work as an engineer at NIRA, you may be curious to know more about our amazing culture. Find out here!