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Coursera partners with University of Toronto to launch unique specialisation in making self-driving cars

The first course launched on January 30 which will be followed by other in the series launching during the course of the current year.
Online learning platform Coursera has launched a self-driving cars specialisation course created by University of Toronto in an attempt to provide engineering knowledge to make safe autonomous vehicles.

In a competitive global market readying itself for autonomous vehicles, players keep their technology fiercely guarded. The course is aimed at "democratising access to top quality self-driving car development knowledge", Coursera said in a release. The course that will contain a series of advanced, hands-on simulation and programming assignments will be offered at a fee of $79 per month.

At the end of the specialisation, students will be able to drive a virtual car around a simulated racetrack. The first course launched on January 30 which will be followed by other in the series launching during the course of the current year.

“Self-driving cars will reshape our cities and our lives, in the process creating tens of thousands of new jobs for those who have the right skills,” said Jeff Maggioncalda, CEO of Coursera. “We’re excited to partner with the University of Toronto, a top-ranked leader in autonomous vehicle research, to train the next generation of engineers who will bring safe, autonomous vehicles to public roads," Maggioncalda said.

According to data, the world market for self-driving cars will reach $42 billion by 2025 creating a demand for more than 1,00,000 workers skilled to work in this niche sector in the US. To be sure, in India, the concept is yet to take-off with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari announcing on multiple occasions last year that the futuristic concept is not made for India as it will render millions jobless.

However, startups in India like Flux Auto and Hi Tech Robotic Systemz are at work to make self-driving cars in India a reality.

“Self-driving cars have the potential to increase road safety, lead to more efficient use of roadways and vehicles, and even reduce pollution,” said Jonathan Kelly, Assistant professor, University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more challenging engineering problem than designing robust self-driving cars. But that challenge is very exciting. It forces us to think about new ways of doing things. And the more people we have doing it, the greater our chances of success," Kelly said.
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