Intro to Self-Driving Cars
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With just minimal programming experience, you can learn the essentials of building a self-driving car. You’ll discover how to solve problems in both Python and C++ as you explore what makes self-driving cars possible. Plus, graduates earn guaranteed admission into our career-ready Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program!
Sebastian Thrun and the Udacity Self-Driving Car team are pioneering educators in this field, and Udacity offers the only program of its kind, where you can learn to be a self-driving car engineer.
You’ll never be without support and guidance as you advance through your program. Live Help will keep you connected in the classroom, reviewers will give you actionable feedback on your projects, and you’ll be part of an engaged and supportive peer community.
Anyone with minimal programming experience can learn the essentials of building a self-driving car. You will learn how to solve problems in both Python and C++ as you discover what makes self-driving cars possible.
Graduates of this program will earn guaranteed admission into our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program. This is a complete path to a self-driving car career.
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Learn the framework that underlies a self-driving car’s understanding of itself and the world around it, and to see the world the way a self-driving car does.Joy Ride2D Histogram Filter in Python
This course will focus on two tools which are vital to self-driving car engineers: object oriented programming and linear algebra.Implement a Matrix Class
This course is the first step in a rewarding journey towards C++ expertise. The goal is translation: get a program written in Python, and translate it into C++.Translate Python to C++
Explore how to write good code that runs correctly. We’ll focus primarily on low level features of C++, but we’ll discuss other best practices as well.Performant C++
Algorithmic thinking is a skill you’ll refine throughout your career. In this course you’ll focus on frequently used data structures and algorithms.Planning an Optimal Path
In this course you’ll learn basic calculus—the mathematics of continuity. You’ll also learn to use some of Python’s most popular visualization libraries.Trajectory Visualizer
In this course you’ll learn how a computer sees an image, and how we can use machine learning to teach a computer to identify images programmatically.Image Classifier from Scratch
“As self-driving cars start taking over the world, everyone should be a part of this revolution. I am very confident that Udacity students will be the catalyst.”— SEBASTIAN THRUN
Sebastian Thrun is a scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur. As the founder and president of Udacity, Sebastian’s mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong learning to millions of students worldwide.
Andy has a bachelor's degree in physics from MIT, and taught himself to program after college (mostly with Udacity courses). He has been helping Udacity make incredible educational experiences since the early days of the company.
Cezanne is an expert in computer vision with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Inspired by anyone with the drive and imagination to learn something new, she aims to create more inclusive and effective STEM education.
As an engineer, Andrew is excited to teach the technology of the future. With an engineering degree from Yale and years of tutoring experience, he strives to provide the most fulfilling learning experiences possible.
Anthony is a US Army combat veteran with an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Colorado State University. He is the Product Lead at Udacity for the Robotics and Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree programs.
ENGINEER, AUTHOR, HOST
Elecia is an embedded software engineer at Logical Elegance, Inc, the author of O’Reilly’s Making Embedded Systems, and host of the Embedded.fm podcast. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for engineering and devices.
VOYAGE, DIRECTOR OF AI
As the Director of Artificial Intelligence at Voyage Auto, Tarin works to deliver low-cost, self-driving taxis. He brings a total of 14 years experience in perception and deep neural networks working with companies such as Apple.
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Learn the essentials of building a self-driving car, including probability, C++, machine learning, and linear algebra.
If you're interested in self-driving cars, and already have a basic understanding of programming and algebra, then this program is right for you! If you're considering a career in this amazing field, but don't yet possess all the skills and experience necessary to start applying for jobs today, this program will be your first step toward a self-driving car career. When you graduate, you'll have guaranteed admission into our career-ready Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program, where you'll learn everything you need to know to launch your career.
Both programs are full-featured Nanodegree programs offering the same suite of benefits and services—such as real-world projects, expert project review, mentorship, and more; the only decision you need to make is which program matches your current skills and experience.