Date
21 November 2018
Tencent is seeking to hire engineers for an autonomous vehicle research team in California. Photo: Reuters
Tencent is seeking to hire engineers for an autonomous vehicle research team in California. Photo: Reuters

Tencent building self-driving car team in Silicon Valley

Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings is recruiting self-driving car engineers in Palo Alto, California, joining a crowded field of corporations vying for talent in the heart of Silicon Valley, Reuters reports.

“We are building a research team for our Auto-drive Team based in Palo Alto, CA,” Tencent said in job advertisements on LinkedIn.

There are at least nine postings on LinkedIn for engineering positions in areas including motion planning, sensor fusion, vehicle intelligence and machine learning.

The job postings date back between two weeks and a month, according to LinkedIn.

Silicon Valley is a hub for testing and research of autonomous vehicles, with five dozen companies permitted to test such cars on California roads.

But state records as of last month did not show Tencent had an autonomous vehicle testing permit.

Tencent’s Chinese rival Baidu was one of the first of the new generation of Chinese companies to set up a base in Silicon Valley in 2011. It has an autonomous vehicle testing permit in California.

China’s Xinhua news agency agency had reported earlier this year that Tencent got the green light from Shenzhen authorities to test self-driving cars on some public roads. 

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