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Mobile robots for a Lights Out Factory

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At Prodrive Technologies, we aim at our goal of a Lights Out Factory; a fully automated factory requiring no human presence on-site. The Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) is automating the logistic process by using the latest navigation and localization algorithms to plan its way through our busy factory floor. Combined with other projects, such as an in-house developed Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and automated test environments, we are realizing the goal of a Lights Out Factory.









My ideal job is one that will keep my mind open and curious, always pushing me to learning new things. Working on the development of an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) to automate our factory is very exciting. A project like this requires together people from many different disciplines. In our weekly meetings we get together to discuss our progress and catch up with what everyone in the team is working on. It is important to hear what others are doing and how they approach and solve all sorts of problems. My responsibility in the project is to make sure that our AGVs are able to autonomously and safely drive in our facilities, while sharing the space with humans. This is a challenging task, but also one with high reward. Perfecting autonomous navigation is one of the cornerstones for the future of our in-house developed robotics.

My ideal job is one that will keep my mind open and curious, always pushing me to learning new things

Pros and cons

  • Freedom to create

  • State-of-the-art solutions for challenging problems

  • Work in a multi-discipline and multi-cultural environment




Last night I had an idea for an algorithm for the robot I’m working on, so when I arrive this morning I start drawing it out on paper and implementing it in Matlab. I discuss my approach with the rest of my team during our semi-daily scrum meeting.

After some successful simulations, I compile the code to C++ and upload it to a real robot to start doing some tests. Some new issues show up that did not occur during simulations, but after a few iterations of tuning my algorithm the robot moves reliably within specifications.

I finish up by documenting my work and creating some nice figures in LaTeX so that it is clear to others and my future self how I implemented the control algorithm.

We are working on the factory of the future

Pros and cons

  • I get to work with robots every day and see my work in action

  • My colleagues are very smart and I learn a lot from them

  • My work involves both abstract thinking and making things

  • I have more ideas than time to implement them

The Prodrive Technologies Mindset


You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project


You decide when, where and how much you want to work


You like to think about manufacturability when designing


You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality

Have you got what it takes to become a Prodriver?

What we offer

  • Perfect environment for those eager to develop themselves and take full responsibility for a project.
  • Many opportunities for personal and professional development, along with the flexibility to explore diverse roles across various projects.
  • A young and dynamic culture which stimulates innovative thinking and taking initiatives.
  • Personal budget just for you to learn new things. Your growth is our priority.
  • Flexibility of a 24/7 work environment with provided lunch, dinner, and access to our company gym.
  • Personalized development plan to craft your future.
  • You will receive essential tools if these are necessary to perform your job (i.e. iPhone and laptop).
  • On-campus sports facilities enable you to incorporate exercise seamlessly into your work routine.
  • A performance-driven salary that grows with your accomplishments.
  • Unlock the opportunity to become a shareholder and entrepreneur within the company.
  • Travel allowance based on the days you are actually at Prodrive Technologies.
  • Work-life balance with at least 33 vacation days per year.
  • Access a retirement plan.

Application steps

  1. Your journey with us starts with a swift review of your application by one of our recruiters.
  2. In some cases, if we see a potential fit, you will receive an exclusive link to our online aptitude test to assess if you’re up for the challenge.
  3. We will schedule a personal interview not only to determine if your skills match the job, but also to see if there is a spark between you and Prodrive Technologies.
  4. To complete the application journey we will send you a suitable offer and once you sign, we can welcome you to the Prodrive Technologies family.

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