The Advanced Technology Group (ATG) Center in Pittsburgh is focused on researching and developing solutions for mapping, vehicle safety and autonomous transportation. Pittsburgh’s history of manufacturing the most essential machines of its age matched Uber’s vision of launching its first self-driving vehicle.
Uber joined dozens of other companies working on robotics and autonomous technologies on a three-mile stretch of riverfront known as Robotics Row. This strip of land houses expansive warehouses, factories and foundries that were largely abandoned after the collapse of the local steel industry. The ATG occupies 80,000 square feet in a warehouse that was once a restaurant depot.
The ATG houses engineers envisioning, designing and testing the future. Unlike a typical technology office, the space was designed for builders. Every work area has room for toolboxes, carts and prototypes. There are studio spaces designed for teams of six to brainstorm and hash out specific projects over a set period of time. Each space has an informal area, two small conference rooms, and six workstations—all oriented around communal zones. Housed between the studios is a fully functional machine shop where autonomous cars are engineered, built and tested.
Drawing inspiration from the “City of Steel,” the ATG is filled with materials inspired by the industrial era. The worn corten steel frames, glass walkways, and natural grain of local hardwoods all echo the city’s proud heritage.
Ultimately, the ATG Center is more than a workplace. It's a laboratory where the future is forged.