Ford autonomous vehicle development venture to move into Strip District | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Argo AI, the Pittsburgh-based artificial intelligence start-up that hopes to build the brain of the autonomous vehicle for Ford Motor Co., announced Thursday it will make its home in the Strip District.According to real estate sources, Argo will be subleasing an entire floor in the Crane Building at 40 24th Street, along the Allegheny River.Argo AI declined to comment on the specifics of the building. But in an interview, Bryan Salesky, co-founder and chief executive of Argo AI, said the company was attracted to the Strip District because of its location and the proximity of tech-minded companies.“I think that’s the tech hub here in Pittsburgh,” Mr. Salesky said.“I think you see what’s happening in that area in terms of development: You’ve got so many different companies there that are setting up high-tech operations,” Mr. Salesky added. “It’s got easy access to all the different neighborhoods from a commute standpoint. It’s easy to do a mixed-use/industrial office in that area. We’re excited to be a part of that community.”Developments will happen quickly: The company expects to be fully moved in by late March or early April, Mr. Salesky said.“From a functional standpoint, it’s a lot of software engineers, right? So an open, collaborative environment is essential,” he said. “We will also be doing testing, so a garage space where they will maintain and service vehicles and do some hardware development is also important.”Ford announced earlier this month it plans to invest $1 billion in Argo over five years. The Detroit automaker wants to have a fully autonomous vehicle in production by 2021, and Ford officials said Pittsburgh’s pool of engineering talent will help it reach that goal.Argo was quietly founded late last year by a group of robotics veterans previously affiliated with Uber, Google and Carnegie Mellon University. Argo, currently advertising for 10 job titles and an internship, plans to hire 200 people by the end of the year.

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