Nanodegree Program

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
    June 25, 2019

    Get access to classroom immediately on enrollment

  • Prerequisites
    Programming & Mathematics

    See prerequisites in detail

What You Will Learn

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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!

Work on self-driving car problems using Python, C++, matrices and calculus in code, and computer vision/machine learning.

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4 months to complete

Prerequisite Knowledge

You should be comfortable reading and modifying code. You should also be comfortable with basic algebra.See detailed requirements.

  • Bayesian Thinking

    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
  • 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
  • C++ Basics

    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.

    Performant C++
  • 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.

    Trajectory Visualizer
  • 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
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All our Nanodegree programs include:

Real-world projects from industry experts

With real world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

1-on-1 technical mentor

Get a knowledgeable mentor who guides your learning and is focused on answering your questions, motivating you and keeping you on track.

Personal career coach and career services

You’ll have access to career coaching sessions, interview prep advice, and resume and online professional profile reviews to help you grow in your career.

Flexible learning program

Get a custom learning plan tailored to fit your busy life. Along with easy monthly payments you can learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals.
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We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success!
Experienced Project Reviewers
Individual 1-on-1 Mentorship
Personal Career Coach
Experienced Project Reviewers
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2000+ project reviewers
1.8M projects reviewed
4.85/5 reviewer ratings
3 hour avg project review turnaround time
Reviewer Services
  • Personalized feedback
  • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
  • Practical tips and industry best practices
  • Additional suggested resources to improve
Succeed with Personalized Services
We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success!
Project Reviewers
1-on-1 Mentors
Career Coaching
Experienced Project Reviewers
Reviews By the numbers
2000+ project reviewers
1.8M projects reviewed
4.85/5 reviewer ratings
3 hour avg project review turnaround time
Reviewer Services
  • Personalized feedback
  • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
  • Practical tips and industry best practices
  • Additional suggested resources to improve

Learn with the best

Sebastian Thrun
Sebastian Thrun

Udacity President

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 Brown
Andy Brown

Curriculum Lead

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 Camacho
Cezanne Camacho

Course Developer

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 Paster
Andrew Paster

Instructor

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 Navarro
Anthony Navarro

Product Lead

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.

Elecia White
Elecia White

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.

Tarin Ziyaee
Tarin Ziyaee

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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Program Details

    PROGRAM OVERVIEW - WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS PROGRAM?
  • Why should I enroll?

    Self-driving cars are the future of smart transportation, and this introductory program is the perfect way to start your journey to a self-driving car career! This program enables anyone with minimal programming experience to learn the essentials of programming a self-driving car, from machine learning to object-oriented programming to probabilistic robotics. You will learn how to solve problems in both Python and C++ as you discover what makes self-driving cars possible.

  • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

    This program does not focus on job preparation. While many of the skills you learn are foundational skills for a career in self-driving cars, the goal of the program is for you to master the core skills necessary so you can progress to the advanced curriculum. When you graduate, you earn guaranteed enrollment into our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program. This program will fully prepare you for a career in the field. So, if you are new to the field of self-driving cars, then you can consider this a 2-stage path to career readiness.

  • How do I know if this program is right for me?

    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 will be ready for the Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program, where you'll learn everything you need to know to launch your career.

  • What is the difference between the Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree program and the Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program?

    The Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree program is an intermediate program open to anyone with an interest in autonomous systems and some programming and/or quant background. The Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program is an advanced program focusing on in-depth knowledge of autonomous systems. The program is designed for those with moderate to high programming, technical, and/or quant skills.

    ENROLLMENT AND ADMISSION
  • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?

    No. This Nanodegree program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.

  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

    Students should have some experience with programming—writing short scripts in a programming language—and be comfortable with algebra. You should also feel comfortable reading and modifying code that you are given, with the understanding that solving problems in code may still be challenging.

  • If I do not meet the requirements to enroll, what should I do?

    We have a number of Nanodegree programs and free courses that can help you prepare, including: Intro to Computer Science, Programming Foundations with Python, Linear Algebra Refresher, Intro to Programming Nanodegree Program.

    TUITION AND TERM OF PROGRAM
  • How is this Nanodegree program structured?

    The Intro to Self Driving Cars Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support eight (8) projects. Once you subscribe to a Nanodegree program, you will have access to the content and services for the length of time specified by your subscription. We estimate that students can complete the program in four (4) months working 10 hours per week.

    Each project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.

  • How long is this Nanodegree program?

    Access to this Nanodegree program runs for the length of time specified in your subscription plan. See the Terms of Use and FAQ for other policies around the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.

  • Can I get a refund?

    Please see the Udacity Nanodegree program FAQs found here for policies on enrollment in our programs.

  • I have graduated from the Intro to Self-Driving Cars nanodegree program but I want to keep learning. Where should I go from here?

    Students who graduate from the Intro to Self-Driving Cars nanodegree program should consider the Self-Driving Car Engineer, Robotics Software Engineer, or Flying Car nanodegree programs.

    SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE - WHAT DO I NEED FOR THIS PROGRAM?
  • What software and versions will I need in this program?

    For this Nanodegree program, you will need to the minimum equipment requirements outlined here: https://www.udacity.com/tech-requirements.

  • Which version of TensorFlow, Keras, ROS, and C++ are taught in this program?

    The following versions are taught in this program (subject to update):

    • TensorFlow Version 1.3
    • Keras version 2
    • ROS Kinetic
    • Python Version 3
    • C++ Version 11

Intro to Self-Driving Cars Nanodegree