Ever had the thought of wanting to build a car that can fly but do not know how to go about it? Well, the good news is you can actualize your dreams with the help of UDACITY- which now accepts applications for Flying car nanodegree program.
This is an online education setup introduced by Google through their self-driving car boss, Thrun Sebastian. Applications are currently being accepted for it’s Nanodegree in Flying Car program. This programme was announced last year together with the Introduction to Self-Driving, which is an engineering course.
While the course may be about what it says, the Self-Driving expert pointed out that the name of the course was intended to spark the imagination of pop culture while it simultaneously describes the intent of the program and what students will gain from it.
According to Mr. Thrun, the description ‘cars that fly’ is not really an accurate term, though it does make sense as it explains the unique opportunity that it presents in the world of personal transportation vehicles.
He further explained that while a lot of persons may not come to terms with having their orders delivered by drone, it would actually redefine the transportation and convenience marketing if local writes were to adopt this method of drone usage to deliver groceries to their customers’ addresses. He pointed out that while the idea of a flying car may seem abstract at the moment, he felt that there will be a time in the not so distant future where everyone would have their own flight vessel.
Mr. Thrun is expected to be one of the course instructors. He actually has a company that is dedicated to making personal cars that can fly a reality called Kitty Hawk. Among the instructors are the Aerial Robotics Professor in the University of Toronto, Professor Angela Schoellig; the founder of Kiva Systems and ETH Zurich, Professor Rafaello D’Andrea as well as the founder of Google Project Wing and MIT Professor, Nicolas Roy.
Mr. Thrun in shedding more light on the flying car nanodegree explained that though students could get requisite skills for building autonomous aerial vehicles in future, it is not easy at the moment to put together the various pieces into building something comprehensive. The course is immensely attached to other disciplines and the UDACITY is quite good at identifying the specific needs and setting up appropriate educational courses.
While it may seem unlikely that the deployment of a flying vehicle will be important to anyone at this time, Mr. Thrun explained that this field of technology has serious potential that should not be taken lightly. This is a program that most tech companies are delving into currently such as Google, Amazon, and others. To the CEO of UDACITY, he feels that on-time, flying cars would overshadow self-driving vehicles as it may serve the needs of many who yearn for a personalized and easy mode of transportation which would suit their daily activities.
He further added that in the field of autonomous vehicles, Google and Uber current partnership in creating autonomous vehicles that can be sent to passengers is a mind-blowing concept. He reiterated that the concept of such vehicles would cut the cost of transport in American homes by half. Explaining further, he indicated that the cost of an Uber driver is about $1.10 a mile. If you were to drive yourself that will be about $0.60 for a mile. With this latest technology plans of aerial vehicles, you may not spend as much and there will be no traffic congestion to hold one back from driving such vehicles.
The application process is expected to close on February 7. But rest assured, engineers of Self Driving Cars and Robotics Software Engineers can be assured of admission and enrollment opportunities into the flying car nanoderee program. UDACITY according to Thrun learned early in its conception the idea of cautiously making admissions available to students so they do not get overwhelmed with course materials that are beyond their competency level. However, the skills that will be developed after attending this program would equip students to do well even after the training course.
The full program which Udacity plans to make available is going to be available to prospective candidates for a 12 week period and the tuition is placed at $1,200 per person. In the first term, students would have the chance to work on custom flight simulators produced by UDACITY and learn more about flight planning and control. In the second term, the focus will be morning coordination of flight among a variety of autonomous systems and who knows we may see the creation of a virtual flying city in due time as all the pieces are being put together.
Would you love to be in a flying car? or does the thought of that make you feel a little on the edge?