Udacity and Baidu Announce Groundbreaking Self-Driving Car Partnership at CES

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) bills itself as “The Global Stage for Innovation,” and by pretty much all measurements, the event lives up to the hype, and has done so for decades. From the history-making launch of Atari’s 400 and 800 personal computers at the 1979 show, to the debut of the Chevy Bolt in 2016, big announcements happen at CES, and the world watches with rapt attention.

Self-Driving Cars at CES

2017 marked a watershed moment for technology’s coming together with the automotive industry. Multiple self-driving technology announcements captured headlines, and the trend continues in 2018.

At Udacity, we’re very excited by all the developments, especially as we find ourselves right in the middle of all the action! For example, as just reported by CNBC, NVIDIA (a Udacity partner!) announced they are partnering with Uber, Volkswagen and Baidu on numerous important autonomous vehicle initiatives.

Udacity and Baidu at CES

Baidu represents especially exciting news for Udacity. Sebastian Thrun is in attendance at CES, where he gave a keynote speech at Baidu World. Together with Qi Lu, Baidu Group President and Chief Operating Officer, they highlighted Baidu’s work in the fields of AI and Self-Driving Cars, and the role Udacity can play connecting the US and China in a shared effort to nurture AI and autonomous systems talent, grow knowledge, and bring about positive change.

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Announcing Firebase Analytics with Google

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As an app developer, you go on two very important journeys with every app you build. The first one is the journey to completion—the day your app launches. It’s a big moment, but it’s only the beginning of the process. The second journey begins immediately after launch—it’s the journey of growing your user base and revenue, and making ongoing improvements that keep users engaged and delighted. To do this, you need to know who is using your app, and how they’re using your app.

What if we told you there was a great tool that would enable you to do exactly that?

Firebase Analytics is a free and unlimited analytics solution that helps you learn who your users are and how they interact with your app. Once you add Firebase Analytics code into your Android or iOS app, you can use the data you gather to guide business decisions that will improve your app’s performance and grow your users. It’s a tool that puts incredible power in your hands, and we’re really excited for you to learn how to use it!

We are excited to announce the launch of  Firebase Analytics: Android and Firebase Analytics: iOS!

Ever wondered when the optimal time is to show an advertisement? Firebase Analytics can tell you that! The automatically-collected user demographic data that you get through Firebase Analytics can help you optimize engagement by sending notifications at the right times for your specific users.

Are your users filling shopping carts but not purchasing? Firebase Analytics can help! Adding Firebase Analytics to your app helps you determine whether your users’ behaviors match your goals, and helps you see whether tweaks you make are helping or hurting.

Are players turning away from your game because your levels are too hard to beat? Use Firebase Analytics to find out! With Firebase Analytics you can track the number of tries it takes users to defeat a level—or see how many never do.

We’ve partnered with analytics experts from Google to build this 2-day interactive course, and you won’t need any Firebase or analytics experience to enroll. Through a combination of videos and quizzes—and using real data produced by a live app—you’ll learn how to use Firebase Analytics along with Firebase Crash Reporting, Firebase Remote Config, and Firebase Dynamic Links to improve your app and add more happy users.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a working understanding of digital analytics, confidence in navigating the Firebase console, and the skills to add Firebase Analytics to your Android or iOS app.

Instructors for the course include Firebase team members Steve Ganem and Todd Kerpelman, Udacity instructors Jessica Lin and Kate Rotondo (that’s me), and course developers Jennifer Person and Daniel Mai.  As practicing developers, we know firsthand that user bases don’t grow themselves. You need the power of analytics, and Firebase is an incredible solution.

You can enroll for free today at Firebase Analytics: Android and Firebase Analytics: iOS!

These courses are also included in our Android Developer and iOS Developer Nanodegree programs, so for those of you pursuing a full immersion developer education with Udacity, you’ll be learning Firebase Analytics too.

Whether your app is still in development or already on the App Store, begin the journey to improve your app’s performance today with Firebase Analytics!

Firebase in a Weekend, Success for a Lifetime

Firebase in a Weekend, Udacity

What does every app developer want to do? You want to develop high-quality apps, grow a customer base, make money, and achieve long-term success, of course. We can answer that question for you. But here are a couple more questions that only you can answer:

  • Have you ever been frustrated with how much time it takes to set up the back end of your app?
  • Are you looking for a solution for data storage and syncing for an app?

If you answered “Yes” to either or both of these, then keep reading!

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