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Self Driving Car Engineer

Nanodegree Program

Work on the future of autonomous vehicles and help make the self-driving car revolution a reality!

Work on the future of autonomous vehicles and help make the self-driving car revolution a reality!

Built in collaboration with

Waymo

Advanced

5 months

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated June 19, 2024

Skills you'll learn:
Robot behavior planning • Object motion models • Robot motion planning • Eigen library
Prerequisites:

No experience required

Courses In This Program

Course 1 1 hour

Welcome to Self Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree

Welcome to the Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program! Learn about the Nanodegree experience, as well as hear from Waymo, one of Udacity's partners for the program.

Lesson 1

An Introduction to Your Nanodegree Program

Lesson 2

Getting Help

You are starting a challenging but rewarding journey! Take 5 minutes to read how to get help with projects and content.

Lesson 3

Meet Waymo

Hear from Waymo, one of the most cutting-edge autonomous vehicle companies out there! You'll learn about the company as well as about the Waymo Open Dataset, which you'll use in parts of the program.

Course 2 4 weeks

Computer Vision

In this course, you will develop critical Machine Learning skills that are commonly leveraged in autonomous vehicle engineering. You will learn about the life cycle of a Machine Learning project, from framing the problem and choosing metrics to training and improving models. This course will focus on the camera sensor and you will learn how to process raw digital images before feeding them into different algorithms, such as neural networks. You will build convolutional neural networks using TensorFlow and learn how to classify and detect objects in images. With this course, you will be exposed to the whole Machine Learning workflow and get a good understanding of the work of a Machine Learning Engineer and how it translates to the autonomous vehicle context.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Deep Learning for Computer Vision

Dive into Deep Learning for Computer Vision, learning about its use cases, history, and what you’ll build by the end of the course.

Lesson 2

The Machine Learning Workflow

Machine learning is more than just building a model - getting each step of the workflow right is crucial.

Lesson 3

Sensor and Camera Calibration

Learn how to calibrate your camera to remove distortions for improved perception.

Lesson 4

From Linear Regression to Feedforward Neural Networks

Build skills in linear and logistic regression before taking on feedforward neural networks, a type of deep learning.

Lesson 5

Image Classification with CNNs

Convolutional networks improve on feedforward networks for areas such as image classification - let’s get started building them!

Lesson 6

Object Detection in Images

Object detection builds on classification by finding multiple important objects within a single image - find out how!

Lesson 7 • Project

Object Detection in an Urban Environment

Use the Waymo dataset to detect objects in an urban environment.

Course 3 4 weeks

Sensor fusion

Besides cameras, self-driving cars rely on other sensors with complementary measurement principles to improve robustness and reliability, using sensor fusion. You will learn about the lidar sensor, different lidar types, and relevant criteria for sensor selection. Also, you will learn how to detect objects in a 3D lidar point cloud using a deep-learning approach, and then evaluate detection performance using a set of metrics. In the second half of the course, you will learn how to fuse camera and lidar detections and track objects over time with an Extended Kalman Filter. You will get hands-on experience with multi-target tracking, where you will initialize, update and delete tracks, assign measurements to tracks with data association techniques, and manage several tracks simultaneously.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Sensor Fusion and Perception

Get started with sensor fusion and perception, why they are important, and the history of their development in self-driving cars.

Lesson 2

The Lidar Sensor

Learn about the lidar sensor, capable of capturing important 3D data in point clouds.

Lesson 3

Detecting Objects in Lidar

Detect objects from the 3D data coming in from a lidar sensor.

Lesson 4 • Project

Mid-Term Project: 3D Object Detection

Use the Waymo dataset to detect 3D objects in the surrounding environment.

Lesson 5

Kalman Filters

Learn from the best! Sebastian Thrun will walk you through the usage and concepts of a Kalman Filter using Python.

Lesson 6

Extended Kalman Filters

Build an Extended Kalman Filter that's capable of handling data from multiple sources.

Lesson 7

Multi-Target Tracking

Get your tracking skills ready for the real world by learning how to track multiple targets simultaneously.

Lesson 8 • Project

Final Project: Sensor Fusion and Object Tracking

Use the Waymo dataset, along with sensor fusion, to track multiple 3D objects in the surrounding environment.

Course 4 4 weeks

Localization

In this course, you will learn all about robotic localization, from one-dimensional motion models up to using three-dimensional point cloud maps obtained from lidar sensors. You’ll begin by learning about the bicycle motion model, an approach to use simple motion to estimate location at the next time step, before gathering sensor data. Then, you’ll move onto using Markov localization in order to do 1D object tracking. From there, you will learn how to implement two scan matching algorithms, Iterative Closest Point (ICP) and Normal Distributions Transform (NDP), which work with 2D and 3D data. Finally, you will utilize these scan matching algorithms in the Point Cloud Library (PCL) to localize a simulated car with lidar sensing, using a 3D point cloud map obtained from the CARLA simulator.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Localization

Meet the team that will guide you through the localization lessons, and learn the intuition behind robotic localization!

Lesson 2

C++ Checkpoint

Are you ready to build Kalman Filters with C++? Take these quizzes to find out!

Lesson 3

Markov Localization

Learn the math behind localization, as well as how to implement Markov localization in C++.

Lesson 4

[Optional] Intro to PCL

Learn about the Point Cloud Library (PCL). Use a simulation highway environment to explore lidar sensing and generate point clouds.

Lesson 5

Creating Scan Matching Algorithms

Learn about and build two scan matching algorithms for localization: Iterative Closest Point (ICP) and Normal Distributions Transforms (NDT).

Lesson 6

Utilizing Scan Matching

Learn how to align point clouds with ICP and NDT before leveraging them to localize a self-driving car in a simulated environment!

Lesson 7 • Project

Scan Matching Localization

Localize a self-driving car within a point cloud from the CARLA simulator with the localization algorithms you learned in previous lessons - how accurate is your algorithm?

Taught By The Best

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David Silver

Staff Software Engineer at Kodiak Robotics

David works on Self-driving trucks at Kodiak. As a Staff Software Engineer, David writes planning, control, simulation and mapping software for self-driving trucks.

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Thomas Hossler

Sr Deep Learning Engineer

Thomas is originally a geophysicist but his passion for Computer Vision led him to become a Deep Learning engineer at various startups. By creating online courses, he is hoping to make education more accessible. When he is not coding, Thomas can be found in the mountains skiing or climbing.

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Antje Muntzinger

Self-Driving Car Engineer

Antje Muntzinger is a technical lead for sensor fusion at Mercedes-Benz. She wrote her PhD about sensor fusion for advanced driver assistance systems and holds a diploma in mathematics. By educating more self-driving car engineers, she hopes to realize the dream of fully autonomous driving together in the future.

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Andreas Haja

Instructor

Andreas Haja is an engineer, educator, and autonomous vehicle enthusiast. Andreas now works as an engineering professor in Germany. Previously, he developed computer vision algorithms and autonomous vehicle prototypes using C++.

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Aaron Brown

Senior Software Engineer

Aaron has over 7 years in the autonomous vehicle field, starting as a Udacity content developer then instructor, focusing on Lidar in the Sensor Fusion and Self-Driving Car Nanodegree Program. For the last 5 years, he's been with Mercedes-Benz R&D North America, working in functional testing, Sensor Fusion, and Machine Learning driven by a passion for technological evolution and problem-solving.

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Munir Jojo Verge

Lead Autonomous & AI Systems Developer at MITRE

Before MITRE, Munir was a Motion Planning & Decision-Making Manager at Amazon. He also worked for a 2 Self-driving car companies and for WaltDisney Shanghai building TronLightcycle. Munir holds a B.Eng. in Aerospace, a M.S. in Physics, and a M.S. in Space Studies.

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Mathilde Badoual

Fifth year PhD student at UC Berkeley

Mathilde has a strong background in optimization and control, including reinforcement learning and has an engineering diploma from the electrical engineering school Supelec, in France. Previously she worked at Tesla in the energy and optimization team.

Ratings & Reviews

Average Rating: 4.2 Stars

34 Reviews

Hiroki S.

April 4, 2023

This program provide the overall picture of Self Driving Car System. It allowed me to systematically learn the system.

viswanadh c.

February 20, 2023

Need more content for control part of this course(very basic).

Atiquer Rehman S.

February 11, 2023

Amazing Course, highly recommended

宋 大鹏(SongDapeng)

December 19, 2022

The program of lesson1 is a bit harder and it is not fluent in the whole lesson CV,the other lessons are ok.All in all the Udaciy Lesson has been the best lessons on teaching SelfDrivingCar I met till now.

Anthony P.

November 15, 2022

At the beginning of The Self-Driving Car Engineer Nano Degree course, I had high expectations. Even though this was my first course on this online study platform, I congratulate Udacity for building this outstanding course in partnership with Waymo and Mercedes-Benz.

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Udacity's Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program is an advanced self-driving car course designed for those aspiring to become leaders in autonomous vehicle technology. The program covers critical areas such as machine learning, computer vision, and sensor fusion, providing hands-on experience in building and testing self-driving car systems. Our expert instructors, drawn from leading companies in the autonomous vehicle industry, guide students through real-world projects. This offers a unique opportunity to apply learning in practical scenarios, preparing students for exciting careers in this innovative field.

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