This 23-Year-Old Robotics Prodigy Is Leading The Pack In The Driverless Truck Race

Embark’s trucks are designed “specifically for highways, which is what differentiates what we’re doing,” Rodrigues says. “We’re able to build a system that’s a lot simpler, a lot easier to prove that it’s safe, and then you pass it off to a human for the last bit of the journey,” he says. With $47 million raised from backers like Sequoia Capital, Rodrigues and his cofounder, Brandon Moak, 23, have earned spots on Forbes’ latest 30 Under 30 list and in a race with some of the world’s largest companies to develop self-driving tech.