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McLaren Applied Technologies is collaborating with Udacity on their Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree programme.

Self-driving cars represent one of the most significant advances in modern technology. Their impact will go beyond transport and urban planning to change our daily lives in ways many have yet to fully imagine.

In this article, we explore our collaboration with Udacity, and highlight what students will gain from this new and innovative educational programme.

What is Udacity?

Udacity is an innovative online learning platform offering ground-breaking credential programmes in fields such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. With a mission to democratise education and a commitment to self-empowerment through learning, Udacity is making learning about innovative technologies such as self-driving cars, available to a global community of aspiring technologists.

What is a Nanodegree programme?

Udacity’s flagship learning programmes feature an innovative curriculum built with industry leaders from some of the most forward-thinking companies in the world. Programmes are structured to prepare graduates for successfully launching or advancing their careers. Students master valuable skills by pursuing a learn-by-doing approach. They build projects, test and implement the solutions they develop, and receive actionable feedback from expert reviewers. Students benefit from personalised mentoring throughout, and have regular access to instructors and course managers through moderated forums.

David Silver, head of the self-driving car team at Udacity, said: “students in the Self-Driving Car programme master cutting-edge skills through interactive projects in computer vision, robotic controls, localisation, path planning, and more.” 

He added: “graduates earn an industry-recognised credential and benefit from extensive career support. As McLaren is one of the leading brands in automotive technology, our students are incredibly fortunate to be evaluated as candidates for the innovative projects this company is working on.”

Why is McLaren Applied Technologies collaborating with Udacity on the Self-Driving Car Nanodegree programme?

McLaren Applied Technologies is collaborating with Udacity as a premiere hiring partner to recruit talented people with specific skills sets, to aid our rapid expansion in the automotive and transport industries. Students on this nanodegree programme are developing in-demand, specialised technical skills that make them uniquely prepared as candidates for employment with McLaren after graduating.

Working at our new London base, talented newcomers will join our self-organised and agile concept teams who work collaboratively to solve crucial challenges.

Our concept teams are formed of data scientists, C#, Scala, Java, Front End, Mobile and simulation and automation engineers. They are responsible for the design, commit, deploy, maintenance and operations of our projects guided by the governance of our delivery framework.

What roles does the Self-Driving Car programme prepare students for?

The nanodegree programme covers topics such as deep learning, computer vision, sensor fusion, localisation, control, path planning, and automotive hardware. 

These skills can be used in a variety of roles in the automotive industry, including: system software engineer, deep learning engineer, vehicle software engineer, localisation and mapping engineer, autonomous driving engineer, autopilot engineer, sensor fusion engineer, visual perception engineer, machine learning engineer, and motion planning engineer.

If graduates elect to work outside of the automotive industry, the deep learning and robotics theory they cover will equip them to fulfil roles in other industries, including: software engineer, data engineer, computer vision engineer and automation engineer.

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