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

Udacity - Baidu - Self Driving Cars

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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Udacity and Elektrobit Partner to Create Functional Safety Content For The Self-Driving Car Nanodegree Program

Udacity and Elektrobit

From the start, industry partnerships have played an important role in the development of our Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program, and these partnerships are an integral part of the program’s groundbreaking success.

Hiring partnerships with industry leaders such as Mercedes-Benz, NVIDIA, BMW, and Bosch enable us to achieve our goal of directly connecting learning to jobs, and the companies with whom we develop our world-class curriculum help us ensure our students are mastering the most valuable skills in the industry.

Announcing new Elektrobit content

Today, we’re extremely excited to announce that Elektrobit, one of our program’s hiring partners, will now be contributing content for the program as well! Elektrobit is a leading developer of embedded and connected technology solutions for the automotive industry, and will be developing program content on automotive functional safety.

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