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Meet our teams

A few of our teams answer three questions about what it’s like to work at VW.AC and innovate remotely.

Developer Enablement

Team Gearbox
a collage of Team Gearbox members collaborating virtually
  • What do you work on day-to-day?

    Rob : We make it easy for developers to get started and integrate with our platform.

    Paul : We enable them to use tools and documentation, and we help solve any problems in the development process along the way.

    Rob : Most of our customers are currently in Germany but luckily, a few of us are early risers.

  • How do you innovate remotely during the quarantine?

    Suhal : Working remotely has been different, but we have daily standups and our remote mob programming sessions have been remarkably effective.

    Michael : And besides that, we just do a lot of chatting. Haha.

    Rob : Communicating remotely is always a challenge, but I'd say that we're doing quite well. I never wait for very long to get a response. Even when I used to work in an office every day, sometimes a person might never be at their desk and I had to send an email anyway.

  • What learnings at VW.AC have improved your way of working?

    Suhal : Our team works in a very strict agile way, which helped me ramp up very easily. We have clear definitions for the start and end of the sprint, how we define objectives, etc. Our retrospectives really help us identify what went wrong and what we can do better. Joel pushes us to talk frankly.

    Paul : We're pretty open to saying what we feel like saying.

    Joel : There's an openness to ideas here, an openness to other people. We encourage people to speak up and feel comfortable sharing different points of view. We have a good culture and we work to maintain it.

    Rob : We really want our work to be in bite-sized pieces. Asking how can we make our tasks and stories doable within the sprint? When I've worked at places before, we've had really big items that just get pushed into the next sprint. There's scope creep. The product owner isn't always involved. Having Michael involved helps us make decisions faster, coupled to the problems we're trying to solve.

Data-driven Simulations

Team Torque
a collage of Team Torque members collaborating virtually
  • What do you work on day-to-day?

    Stefan : We simulate data coming from millions of cars into our cloud so that other teams can write code against it, and we can test our ability to scale and perform.

    Tom : We also work to allow developers to interact with our APIs through a nice, easy-to-use UI, so they can provision a vehicle or associate a user with multiple vehicles by using a low-code tool.

  • What are some innovative things you've learned at VW.AC?

    Vinit : Developing a pure cloud solution for connected cars is definitely cool. How the car connects to the cloud, how it communicates, it's very complicated.

    Kyle : We created a demo of a fleet management mobile app that enabled me to learn how to use Kotlin with Android Studio. That was like learning a parallel world of Java!

    Vinit : With that demo, we learned end-to-end communication, how messages flow from the vehicle to the cloud to the customer's phone and back to the vehicle.

  • What excites you about working in this space?

    Kyle : Electric cars. It feels better to be advancing a technology that's rid of fossil fuels and doesn't make air toxic and cities dirty.

    Stefan : A few of us are gearheads in this company, but I'm learning to appreciate electric, not only from the greater societal value, but from a performance perspective. It's astonishingly better.

    Josh : I'm just waiting for them to start putting head restraints in the pilot's seat because they take off so quickly! You feel the g-force. It's pretty exhilarating. Also, being a fan of cars, of mobility, we're going to be putting out products that define the future and have a very big impact. Connected cars open up a whole realm of possibilities for user interaction, data, AI, and making all of our lives easier.

    Priyanka : We're working on something that we ourselves will be using, our friends and family will be using in their everyday lives. Millions of cars will be connected to our work. That's what makes me feel connected to this company.

Smart Data Collection

Team Galaxy
a collage of Team Galaxy members collaborating virtually
  • What do you work on day-to-day?

    Harry : Our team designs a secure, scalable, and compliant system to ingest and process data from various sources, such as vehicles and line of business applications.

    Hari : We also build a master data catalog that organizes, manages, and governs incoming data.

    Veera : …as well as workbenches that combine and process multiple data sources to serve our customers' needs.

    David : Security and privacy is a top concern so we put in a ton of effort to be compliant with all government regulations including GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act. We ensure data is anonymized and aggregated for certain scenarios, or even deleted if the customer chooses not to provide consent.

  • What are some of the biggest challenges your team faces?

    Venkat : Enabling our platform to scale and ingest a minimum of 1 million messages per minute, while ensuring security, reliability, and speed.

    David : We are planning for millions of vehicles with all kinds of data. A massive amount. Each customer has wildly different requirements. Some of them are dealing with autonomous driving and have real-time video they need to process and label. Some of them are dealing with usage-based insurance and customer consent. Some need real-time insights that are time-sensitive.

  • What is your favorite part of your job?

    Harry : Being able to contribute to big initiatives in the auto industry, using data to enable safe driving. It's a very complex system. It's really fascinating to design.

    Venkat : I like solving problems related to automated and autonomous driving. Taking care of technical challenges that will ultimately help people in their daily lives.

    Veera : My favorite part is understanding the needs of our customers like Volkswagen and Audi, evaluating future problems, and working with them to develop a better solution.

    David : What's unique about working here is we don't tell you you're going to work only on this and you need to know everything about it and we don't want you to work on anything else. We say, here's the big picture. How do you want to be a partner in solving this problem together? We have a ton of time allocated for POC work in our sprints.

    Neeta : We're given complex, ambiguous problems with open-ended requirements, and there are ‘N' number of ways to solve it. That's the interesting part. We come up with a potential solution and go back to the business owner and say, let me show you something. Let's think about this business problem together. This POC can help illustrate some of the limitations and potentials. We enable all these different use cases, and they used to think ‘A or Z' but now we're giving them ‘A to Z'. Our customers feel more empowered.

Idea Incubation

Team Outliner
a collage of Team Outliner members collaborating virtually
  • What do you work on day-to-day?

    Shobha : We conduct research projects, build proofs of concepts, and work with the architecture team to identify new ideas that address the needs of the ecosystem. We have an ongoing stream of research work. Many times, the eggs in our incubation center hatch and go into the final product.

    Zhongyi : Our ultimate goal is to make it easy for developers to build apps on top of the platform.

    Roger : For example, we build platform extensions. If a manufacturer wants to enable their customers to remotely monitor and control their vehicle from their mobile phone, these extensions make it easy for developers to leverage the underlying functionality, say to remotely lock or unlock the car or check the battery status, and build their own unique customer experience on top of it.

    Arun : Our team also owns the system that checks if the person is the rightful owner of that vehicle and authorized to control it. The system manages relationships between users and vehicles and associated services.

    Sameer : Our POCs find issues and problems along the way. We make and break things every day. Haha. We tear apart pieces of the puzzle and try to make something new.

  • How do you innovate remotely during the quarantine?

    Smridh : With the company growing as fast as it is and with all of us working remotely—the learning curve has been pretty steep. But I think it's brought the team together

    Brandon : Everybody makes time for each other. This is a very communicative team. We don't hesitate to jump into random meetings to help each other out and help each other get up-to-speed.

  • What is your favorite part of this job?

    Brandon : The people.

    Priyanka : This team is very tech savvy and works really hard. But also manages to balance work and fun.

    Arun : We have a culture of entrepreneurship. We push boundaries and have a hunger for delivering value. It's also inspiring to learn new things. I have a Java background so the whole Azure world was new to me.

    Henry : Our work extends from the back-end to the front-end, from the cloud to the local VM. So we use a lot of different tools including Azure, React, C#, pipeline, and more.

    Shobha : We have the opportunity to make a broad impact with the work we do.