Start on the road to a Self-Driving Car career
This introductory program is the perfect way to start your journey.
ESTIMATED TIME 4 Months
At 10 hrs/week
ENROLL BY May 15, 2019
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Programming & Mathematics
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Why Take This Nanodegree Program?
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. This program is a fantastic introduction to the field of autonomous systems.
Researchers estimate driverless cars will save
lives per decade!
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.
Minimal programming experience required
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.
What You Will Learn
Intro to Self-Driving Cars
In this program, you’ll sharpen your Python skills, apply C++, apply matrices and calculus in code, and touch on computer vision and machine learning. These concepts will be applied to solving self-driving car problems. At the end, you’ll be ready for our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program!
4 months to complete
You should be comfortable reading and modifying code. You should also be comfortable with basic algebra.See detailed requirements.
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 RIDE 2D HISTOGRAM FILTER IN PYTHON
Working with Matrices
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++
Performance Programming in 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.
Navigating Complex Data Structures
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
Visualizing Calculus and Controls
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.
Machine Learning and Computer Vision
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
NEED TO PREPARE?
We recommend the Intro to Programming Nanodegree program.
— SEBASTIAN THRUN
Learn with the best
Scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur, Sebastian led the self-driving car project at Google X and founded Udacity, whose mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong, on-demand learning to millions of students around the world.
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.
Andrew has an engineering degree from Yale, and has used his data science skills to build a jewelry business from the ground up. He has additionally created courses for Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program.
Anthony is a US Army combat veteran with an M.S. in Computer Engineering from Colorado State University. Prior to being a Product Lead at Udacity, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin in their Autonomous Systems R&D division.
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.