Udacity Announces Strategic Partnership with MapmyIndia to Strengthen the Self Driving Ecosystem in the country

~ MapmyIndia will provide training to students and recruit professionals who complete the Self Driving Nanodegree with Udacity~

 

  • The self driving nanodegree is the first credential in the autonomous car space for aspiring self driving car engineers
  • It is designed in partnership with stellar pioneers like Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, Didi, Otto, and Nvidia
  • By signing up for this course, students get an opportunity to directly learn from one of the foremost authority on Self Driving Cars, Sebastian Thrun, a Google roboticist and founder of Udacity
  • With artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning becoming a norm for all technology enabled companies, the scope for self driving car engineers is huge in India
  • The partnership with MapmyIndia, India’s leader in map data, location technologies and sensors for autonomous vehicles, will provide a platform for these students to work in the exciting field of autonomous vehicles and build the map of the future that will positively transform the automotive and transportation industry of India

 

Delhi, 17th April- India is a huge market when it comes to self driving cars and automation. In order to promote innovation and research in the spectrum of vehicular engineering, the Indian government has proposed an amendment to the motor vehicles act, which when passed will permit testing of self driving cars on Indian roads. This clearly shows that both the public and private sector are equally excited about this new disruption and therefore this opens up a plethora of opportunities for self driving car engineers within the country.

It is also globally believed that Indian roads provide the best testing grounds for self driving technology than other developed nations, as lane discipline and traffic movement is wildly erratic in the country, thereby providing more data to autonomous vehicle sensors. Also, with intelligent technology in the seat, it is also possible to reduce fatal road accidents over time. Therefore, in  these exhilarating times, the partnership between Udacity and MapmyIndia is a step towards consolidating the ecosystem and building pace for rapid and sustained growth.

Udacity provides a platform for a nine months online programme in self driving, where students will work on interactive projects in computer vision and robotic controls, as well as other software development skills that are required to build and develop the self-driving car technology. MapmyIndia has been investing in developing cutting edge technology to fuel maps which can power self-driving cars, of smart cities and states and smart businesses. The partnership will provide wide career opportunities for students who take up this course and will help them solve real life job challenges.

Commenting on the partnership, Ishan Gupta, MD India, Udacity, said, “ We are extremely excited to be the first edu-tech company to have launched the self driving nanodegree on a global platform. Our courses on AI, self driving and machine learning are an initiative towards creating a robust workforce for dynamic job roles.”

He added, “According to reports, 10 million self driving cars will be on roads by 2020, which clearly shows that demand by  automakers, startups and technology companies for self driving car engineers is extremely high. As one of the early movers in fueling this revolution, our partnership with MapmyIndia is a sincere effort to accelerate innovation in this ecosystem and  provide a wide spectrum of opportunities for students in India.”

Commenting on the same, Rohan Verma, Executive Director and CTO, MapmyIndia, said “MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. We own 80% market share in the automotive maps, navigation, telematics and advanced driving assistance systems space, with 14 car manufacturers and more than 40 car models currently powered by MapmyIndia, and 2000+ enterprise customers who use our GPS solutions to their vehicle fleets. 1.5 years ago we announced our bold initiative to build a map so advanced it can power super-safe self-driving cars using our stack of maps, software and sensors, and we introduced our revolutionary RealView service which captures, recognizes and published the real world in photo-realistic clarity in full 360 degree and 3D. We believe the time is right to take the next step of bringing suitable safety-first self-driving technology to vehicles, road infrastructure and cities in India. We’re excited to support our customers, work closely with the ecosystem, and recruit talented specialists from Udacity’s Self Driving Nanodegree program, who believe in our mission and want to accelerate the positive transformation of the vehicle and transportation industries in India, to make Indian roads safer, and lives of road commuters traffic-free, and the Indian transportation industry highly efficient”

About Udacity-

Udacity’s mission is to bring accessible, affordable, engaging and highly effective learning to the world. The company, headquartered in Silicon Valley, works with industry leaders including AT&T,Google, Facebook, Salesforce.com and Cloudera to build technology classes that are designed to advance lifelong learning.

For more information, go to https://www.udacity.com

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About MapmyIndia (http://mapmyindia.com, http://eloc.me/mmi000)

MapmyIndia’s mission is to make the world better through maps and location technologies. Founded in 1992, MapmyIndia is India’s leader in premium quality digital map data and APIs, GPS navigation, tracking, location apps, and GIS solutions.

Headquartered in New Delhi with offices across India, MapmyIndia is an ISO 9001-2012 company with 750+ people that pioneered digital mapping in India. Since 1995, through continuous efforts of its 400+ professional field surveyors and state-of-the-art mapping technology, including its revolutionary RealView service which captures, analyses and publishes the world in 3D and 360-degree photo-realistic clarity, MapmyIndia has built its proprietary MapmyIndia Maps, the most comprehensive, accurate, reliable, full-featured, professionally created and continuously updated digital map dataset for all India, which are used for a wide range of applications including Navigation, Telematics, Autonomous Driving, Geographic Information Systems, Location Based Services and Smart Cities.

MapmyIndia makes not just the most advanced, accurate and detailed maps of India, but also the best GPS-based IoT (“Internet of Things”) devices optimised for use in vehicle, asset and personal navigation and tracking, market-leading location-based enterprise SaaS (“Software as a Service”), popular and delightful hyper-local mobile and web consumer apps, including maps.mapmyIndia.com, India’s very first and most detailed, accurate and comprehensive interactive online mapping portal, and NaviMaps, the best offline GPS navigation app for India. To enterprises and developers, MapmyIndia also provides a whole range of Map, LBS, GIS, GPS and Telematics Platforms, APIs, professional services and customized solutions which infuse rich and valuable location intelligence into their own apps, solutions, systems and workflows.

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