After successfully competing in several robotic competitions as a Virginia Tech student, Fleming co-founded Torc in 2005. In 2007, Torc partnered with the university to develop autonomous technology for one of the three winning teams of the DARPA Urban Challenge.
Since then, Fleming has guided Torc from a two-person technology startup to a proven technology team with close to 100 employees. Torc’s self-driving software stack has been commercially applied to the automotive, mining, and defense industries.
“There is a major difference between demonstrating the technology and commercializing it for self-driving products and solutions,” he explains. “We are fortunate to have great people and partners.”
Under Fleming’s guidance, Torc has enjoyed over 10 years of consecutive growth and profitability, while steadily investing in emerging technology.
“Great things are not accomplished in short order, and we have always believed this race to be a marathon and not a sprint. The lessons learned and foundation we’ve created over the last decade has positioned us as one of the most experienced firms in the self-driving space,” Fleming said.
Fleming focuses himself and Torc’s team around one core value: winning teams. This is evident in the close teamwork throughout the company and its many successes as a technology pioneer.