Udacity plans to become the first credentialed institution in the world to offer an autonomous driving nanodegree. The company is partnering with Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Didi, Otto, and Nvidia for the online nanodegree. Each partner will control a different aspect of the curriculum. Mercedes Benz is helping with software, Otto is going to help design projects for students to do, while Nvidia is going to guide the overall trajectory of the curriculum.
Udacity believes that there aren’t going to be enough engineers graduating from premiere institutions like Carnegie Mellon, Stanford and MIT because BCG estimates the market for autonomous vehicles will be at $22 billion in less than 10 years.
Each session is 12 weeks long for roughly a nine-month training session and applications for the first session close September 27.
Students will build autonomous software that is applied to an actual vehicle in their capstone project.