Anthony Levandowski is a French-American self-driving car engineer. In 2009, he is co-founded Google’s self-driving car program, now known as Waymo, and was a technical lead. In 2016, he co-founded and sold Otto, an autonomous trucking company, to Uber Technologies. In 2018, he co-founded the autonomous trucking company Pronto; the first self-driving technology company to complete a cross-country drive in an autonomous vehicle. Levandowski remarked that a fundamental breakthrough in artificial intelligence is needed to move autonomous vehicle technology forward.
Self-driving Car Engineer, Co-Founder of Pronto
Birthday / Date of Birth
Anthony Levandowski was born on the 15th of March 1980, in Brussels, Belgium.
He’s currently 43 years old.
In 1998, Levandowski entered the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.
- Father – Unknown (Businessman)
- Mother – Unknown
- Siblings – Unknown
Girlfriend / Spouse
Anthony Levandowski has dated –
Anthony has largely opted to keep his personal life away from the public spotlight, which makes it difficult for us to say anything about his love life and dating history.
- In feet – 6 feet 6 inches
- In centimeters – 198 cm
- In meters – 1.98 m
- In Kilograms – 75 kg
- In Pounds – 165 lbs
Dark Brown (Natural)
He wears a size 14 (US) shoe.
Anthony became known for his work in the autonomous vehicle industry. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Pronto, a commercial provider of autonomous driving systems focused on offering safe, cost-efficient, and productivity solutions. In 2016, he co-founded autonomous trucking company, Otto, which was acquired within the same year. Prior to Otto, he co-founded the Google self-driving car program now known as Waymo.
As a freshman, he founded La Raison, an intranet and IT services company that made fifty thousand dollars in its first year. His sophomore year, Levandowski built the BillSortBot, a robot made from 300 Lego pieces that sorted Monopoly money for the Sun Microsoft robotics competition. He won first place.
In 2003, Anthony and fellow Berkeley engineers, aka the “Blue Team”, started building an autonomous motorcycle, nicknamed Ghost Rider, for the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge. In 2006, Levandowski began working with Sebastian Thrun, whom he had met at the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, on VueTool. Vuetool was a Stanford street mapping project that used cameras mounted on vehicles to create maps.
In 2007, Google X hired Thrun, Levandowski, and their entire team to help develop the Google Street View system. To meet Larry Page’s target of capturing 1,000,000 kilometres (620,000 mi) of roadways before the end of 2007, Levandowski ordered 100 Toyota Priuses from a local dealership.
In 2008, Levandowski was approached by the director of Discovery Channel’s Prototype This! requesting to use the Ghost Rider in an episode to deliver a pizza using an unmanned vehicle. The Ghost Rider was in the Smithsonian at the time, so Levandowski offered to retrofit a Toyota Prius for the show. In June 2008, with Google’s blessing, Levandowski founded Anthony’s Robots in order to build the PriBot.
In 2018, Anthony launched Pronto AI to produce a camera-based, self-driving highway-only retrofit system for semi-trucks. Levandwoski’s bankruptcy filings in 2019 showed that he had invested over $8.5 million into the company. As of 2022, the company had pivoted to developing self-driving vehicles for more limited use in environments such as quarries.
Anthony Levandowski Net worth
Anthony Levandowski has an estimated net worth of $50 million dollars as of 2023.
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Some Lesser Known Facts About Anthony Levandowski
- Levandowski was born in Brussels, Belgium to a French diplomat mother and an American businessman Father.
- He moved to California in the mid-1990s. During his teenage years, he developed websites for local businesses. He founded La Raison, an intranet and IT services company that made fifty thousand dollars in its first year.
- In 2003, Anthony launched Construction Control Systems with Randy Miller to build WorkTop, a portable blueprint reader and updater for construction sites.
- Levandowski and fellow Berkeley engineers, aka the “Blue Team”, started building an autonomous motorcycle, nicknamed Ghost Rider, for the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge.
- In 2006, he began working with Sebastian Thrun, whom he had met at the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, on VueTool.
- In 2009, Anthony co-founded Google’s self-driving car program, now known as Waymo, and was a technical lead until 2016.
- In 2018, he launched Pronto AI to produce a camera-based, self-driving highway-only retrofit system for semi-trucks.
- In 2019, Levandowski was indicted on 33 federal charges of alleged theft of self-driving car trade secrets. In August 2020, Levandowski pled guilty to one of the 33 charges, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
- On January 20, 2021, he was pardoned less than six months later the last day of Donald Trump’s presidency.
- In September, 2021 Anthony rejoined Pronto as CEO; subsequently announcing the company’s new offroad autonomous division.
- In February 2022, Levandowski launched Pollen Mobile, an open-source wireless network. Pollen Mobile distributed antennas and other devices, called Flowers, Hummingbirds and Bumblebees to consumers.