Uber Advanced Technologies Group hires Oculus platform lead Jon Thomason

Uber Advanced Technologies Group hires Oculus platform lead Jon Thomason
By Darrell Etherington.

Uber’s Advanced Technology Group has hired Jon Thomason, who most recently acted as Head of Mobile and Product at Facebook’s Oculus virtual reality company. Thomason will lead ATG software teams across Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto, working on ATG’s advanced software projects, including autonomous driving and trucking.

Thomason joined Oculus in 2016 as Head of Software, and assumed responsibility for its mobile VR products in December when Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe moved to a role overseeing PC-based VR and leaving the CEO position. Prior to that, Thomason was VP of Mobile Shopping at Amazon, and VP of Engineering at Qualcomm before that.

His experience has covered a range of different types of software applications, and he worked on Qualcomm’s application processor software team, focusing on the chipmaker’s capabilities around mobile graphics, camera and OS support. Thomason also oversaw Microsoft’s launch system software for its Xbox gaming console and Xbox Live online gaming service during his decade and a half at the Windows-maker. He also lead the kernel development process for Windows 95 while at Microsoft.

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