Self-Driving Vehicle Technology Coast Autonomous Commits to Keep Headquarters in Pasadena

Published : Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 5:51 AM

Photo by Serge Ramelli

Photo by Serge Ramelli

Coast Autonomous, a self-driving vehicle technology company based in Pasadena, said it has signed a lease agreement to keep its headquarters here in Pasadena long-term.

This comes just one month after Coast announced it had tapped into the driving skill and experience of three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti to provide the best possible input to Coast’s robotics and artificial intelligence algorithms.

Company officials said they recently met with Pasadena City District 7 Councilmember Andy Wilson, Old Pasadena Management District President and CEO Steve Mulheim, current and former members of the research and scientific communities at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, representatives from the ArtCenter College of Design, and leaders of Pasadena’s engineering and tech business communities, the company said in a statement Wednesday.

After the meetings, Coast Autonomous decided that Pasadena, located in the heart of Los Angeles County, is the ideal innovative hub to continue to develop its best-in-class self-driving vehicle technology.

“In relatively close proximity to USC, UCLA and our colleagues in Silicon Valley, and with world-class resources located in the city itself, greater Pasadena has an extremely rich and deep technology and design talent base from which to recruit and collaborate,” Coast Autonomous Chief Technology Officer Pierre Lefevre said. “Our team of engineers, roboticists, mapping scientists, and vehicle fleet management and supervision experts have been made to feel right at home in Pasadena and are always eager to return. Pasadena is a great place to innovate.”

“Old Pasadena Management District is very pleased that Coast Autonomous has decided to remain in the historic Old Pasadena district,” Mulheim said, according to the press release. “Our many design, technology, and innovation tenants are an integral part of our neighborhood, and Coast Autonomous is a significant member of that important community.”

Coast Autonomous, focused on delivering AV solutions for low-speed environments, said it has developed a complete suite of Autonomous Vehicle (AV) software that includes mapping and localization, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), fleet management and supervision systems.

The company partners with manufacturers to provide a variety of vehicles equipped with its best-in-class software to offer Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) solutions to cities, theme parks, campuses, airports and other low-speed environments.

To learn more about Coast Autonomous, visit

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