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Self-Driving Car Fundamentals: Featuring Apollo


Identify key parts of self-driving cars, utilize Apollo HD Map, localization, perception, prediction, planning and control, and start the learning path of building a self-driving car.

Identify key parts of self-driving cars, utilize Apollo HD Map, localization, perception, prediction, planning and control, and start the learning path of building a self-driving car.

Last Updated March 7, 2022


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Course Lessons

Lesson 1

Welcome to SDC Fundamentals: Featuring Apollo

Identify the key parts of self-driving cars, and get to know the Apollo team and architecture.

Lesson 2

HD Maps

High-definition maps underpin almost every other part of the software stack. Learn how these maps work!

Lesson 3


Learn how the vehicle localizes itself with single-digit-centimeter-level accuracy.

Lesson 4


Identify different perception tasks such as classification, detection, and segmentation. Also, learn about convolutional neural networks, which are critical to perception.

Lesson 5


Study different ways to predict how other vehicles or pedestrians might interact with Apollo self-driving cars.

Lesson 6


Identify several different approaches Apollo uses to develop trajectories for autonomous vehicles.

Lesson 7


Understand how to use steering, throttle, and brake to execute our planned trajectory and master different types of controllers in Apollo.

Lesson 8


Congratulations on completing the course! Here, you'll receive some suggestions for future learning to pursue a self-driving car engineering career.

Taught By The Best

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Sebastian Thrun

Founder and Executive Chairman, Udacity

As the Founder and Chairman of Udacity, Sebastian's mission is to democratize education by providing lifelong learning to millions of students worldwide. He is also the founder of Google X, where he led projects including the Self-Driving Car, Google Glass, and more.

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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.

Jingao Wang

Sr. Director, Apollo Platform

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Jinghao Miao

Sr.Engineering Manager, Apollo Platform

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David Zhou

Head of Product, Apollo Platform

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Ning Qu

Chief Architect, Head of CarOS

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Weide Zhang

Senior Architect, Apollo Platform

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Kecheng Xu

Software Engineer, Apollo Platform

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Liangliang Zhang

Software Engineer, Apollo Platform

Qi Luo

Software Engineer, Apollo Platform

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