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BrightDrop - Embedded Software Engineer

  • Palo Alto
  • Engineering
  • Full Time
  • Added
  • JR-000066247


At BrightDrop, we are reshaping e-commerce by developing smarter, greener, and more efficient ways to deliver goods and services to your door, while delivering a brighter future for the cities where we live. We are building an ecosystem of all-electric, zero-emissions delivery solutions – from electric vehicles, to ePallets and software that leverages real-time data to drive intelligent optimizations for e-commerce. To deliver on our mission we are growing fast and building a team, based in Palo Alto, with offices in Atlanta and Detroit, that is customer-focused, agile and passionate about innovating for a more sustainable future. 

From engineering to product management and operations, BrightDrop is looking for people who can combine a passion for technology and sustainability with high doses of curiosity and rigorous thinking to deliver a better future. 

Backed by General Motors, BrightDrop is striving to improve the communities where we live and deliver a better future for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us. 

The Role  

As an Embedded Software Engineer you will be responsible for developing software at various levels across our innovative EP product line. You will have the opportunity to develop firmware for our embedded components which include our IoT device, you will configure the operating system in our compute unit and interface with various smart sensors. We do not have any legacy code, you will have the chance to define everything from the ground up; Helping the team decide what SoC, GPU’s and other hardware components we should select to drive product features. 


  • Contribute in architecting the various controllers and compute units in our products
  • Develop firmware in our IoT device and other edge computing devices
  • Design the HAL and RTE for our controllers
  • Deploy OS components and develop applications that will reside on the RTOS 
  • Experiment with innovative hardware to uncover potential features for our product
  • Develop controls algorithms 

Additional Description


  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience in data science, engineering, mathematics, statistics/applied statistics, economics, computer science or related quantitative field 
  • Experience with ROS 
  • Embedded firmware or kernel driver development in C or C++
  • Experience with advance micro-controllers
  • Experience with IoT devices and developing firmware on them
  • Experience selecting and configuring customer compute controllers
  • Experience with Bluetooth, UART and SPI
  • Ability to develop and read schematics

Great to Haves!

  • Robotics experience 
  • Experience with CUDA
  • Experience with autonomous vehicles or robots 
  • Azure, AWS or GCP experience

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

The policy of General Motors is to extend opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or veteran status. Additionally, General Motors is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, email us at or call us at 800-865-7580. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.