Ready for take off: An online course will teach you how to build flying cars

Rebecca Smith
Students will learn about deploying code to drones
Students will learn about deploying code to drones (Source: Getty)

Keen to get a degree in driverless and flying cars? Well, now you can.

Online education provider Udacity has announced the launch of two new "nanodegrees" teaching users how to build flying and driverless vehicles, with registration for the latter opening today.

The flying car degree will be open to participants early next year: Udacity said it is currently building the curriculum with aerospace and autonomous systems experts.

Students will learn the basics of autonomous flight, including motion planning, state estimation and perception, before then moving onto "more advanced topics" such as understanding the wider air transportation system, and deploying code to drones.

Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun announced the news at TechCrunch Disrupt:

The idea of a flying car is a metaphor for a new vision for the future of smart transportation. In launching a flying car nanodegree program, our goal is to teach a new generation of engineers the skills necessary to build this smart transportation future.

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The firm had already introduced a self-driving cars nanodegree programme to provide online education for engineers. But it said it is increasing its offering with the introduction course, which is designed to help propel more talent into the higher level course, and then onto the world of work.

The expansion comes after the first self-driving course became Udacity's most popular nanodegree, with over 10,000 students across 50 countries, and more than 43,000 applications.

So far, 60 driverless degree students have secured jobs at firms such as BMW, Lockheed and Bosch since completing the course.

The introductory course will cost £650 for a four-month term. Requirements include "some" programming experience and algebra.

Students will build their own projects and study topics including machine learning.

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