Udacity launches Self-Driving Car Nanodegree in partnership with Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia and others

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The Self-Driving Car industry is moving fast, sometimes too fast to keep track of the all the updates. Last week alone, Tesla announced the launch of AutoPilot 8.0, Uber started picking up customers with their self-driving car in Pittsburgh and Comma ai, the startup that plans to turn any car into a self-driving car announced that they will be shipping a $999 Autonomous driving add-on by the end of this year.

Naturally, the industry is looking for the best talent to hire and it looks like engineers with working experience on self-driving cars are hard to find. The latest Nanodegree from Udacity is targeting exactly this demand with the “Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree” program.

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Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree

None other than Sebastian Thrun, the founder of Google’s Self-Driving Car program (and Street view) is one of the lead instructors of the nanodegree. Udacity has partnered with Mercedes-Benz, Didi, Otto and Nvidia for the program and aims to turn you into a Self-Driving car engineer in 9 months for $2400 (scholarships are available as well). Udacity says that the partners (i.e. Mercedes-Benz, Nvidia and Otto) will actively review the candidates of the nanodegree for potential positions at their companies.

And Guess what? There are already over 3000 people who have applied for the 250 seats on the course! “A $2,400 Class to Make Anyone a Self-Driving Car Engineer” – Wired.