Building the future of car and motorcycle technology.

Founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs from Zipcar and Tesla Motors, Drivemode is fundamentally changing vehicle technology for drivers – we enable smarter and safer connected driving in any vehicle.

Drivemode has built a mobile-based connected vehicle platform which integrates directly with the vehicle to bring key communication and navigation features, while putting your vehicle’s data right at your fingertips. Our products are used by millions of riders and drivers in over 150 countries. In 2019 we were acquired by Honda as an independent subsidiary to integrate our platform directly into Honda vehicles around the world.

Small team that plays big

We’re a small team of 20 with offices in Silicon Valley and Tokyo. We’re a group of entrepreneurs who focus on speed, learning, flexibility, and using data to drive decision-making. Our team is very multicultural and actively encourages speaking up to share ideas or opinions, regardless of your job title. Our official language (spoken and written) is English. We love challenges, the bigger, the better. If that sounds like you, come join us.

Language Learning Support

Drivemode provides an allowance for employees to improve their Japanese skills. We believe that the better you understand Japanese, the more comfortable your life in Japan will be!

Drivemode’s tech stack

  • Android: Android SDK, Kotlin, Java, Jetpack, Coroutines/Flow, Dagger/Hilt, Gradle, Android Studio
  • iOS: iOS SDK, Swift, SwiftUI, Combine (Async/Await), SPM, Xcode
  • Server/Infrastructure: Rust, PostgreSQL, gRPC, Docker, GCP/Firebase (Cloud Run, Cloud SQL, etc.), Kafka, Terraform
  • CI/CD: GitHub Actions, DeployGate, Fastlane
  • IoT: Raspberry Pi, Arduino board, M5Stack, C++/C
  • Communication: Slack, Google Meet
  • Project management: Jira Software, Notion, Miro
  • Analytics: BigQuery, Firebase Analytics, Jupyter, Pandas, scikit-learn
  • Others: Google Workspace

Be the next Drivemoder

Joining our team means taking on the biggest challenges in vehicle technology today by bringing together modern software design with the next generation of hardware to improve the safety of millions on the road every day. To accomplish this, we need people who aren’t afraid to take on big, unique challenges to fundamentally improve the driving experience. We need entrepreneurial thinkers who can respond rapidly to change and explore new technologies. If that sounds like you, come talk to us.

Brand new office

We opened our office in Nov 2020. It’s a 5 minute walk from Ebisu station. Take a virtual tour to see what it’s like.


Remote Work
  • We adopt a hybrid workstyle. As a software company that works closely with hardware, we sometimes need to be together in person with the hardware.
  • Every team is different, so besides the core office days, the managers are to determine the appropriate arrangement for their team. In addition, we do our best to accommodate everyone’s personal circumstances as well.
  • Saturdays, Sundays, National holidays, New year holidays, Sick leave, Special paid leave (marriage, bereavement, etc.)
  • 10 days of PTO your first year
  • We offer a “holiday swap option” for employees to be able to move holidays to their non-busy time upon approval
Working Hours
  • Our standard working hours in Tokyo: 9 AM - 6 PM (Discretionary labor system is applied to most engineering/product related roles)
  • We currently do not have flex time set up in our company to ensure there are times that overlap between Tokyo and Silicon Valley offices. However, we value and respect employees’ work-life balance, and we will do our best to accommodate employees who have personal matters that they need to prioritize (e.g. taking care of a family member).
Relocation Support
  • We will provide VISA support for successful candidates to come and work in Japan.

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Developer stories

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Hacking Android at Drivemode

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