Udacity’s Self-Driving European Tour

Taking Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program on the road in Europe to meet with students and partners!

Michael Ikemann (Udacity’s first Intro to Self-Driving Car Nanodegree graduate) and me

A few weeks ago, I had the delight of visiting Europe with Udacity’s Berlin-based European team, meeting both automotive partners and Udacity students. The trip was so much fun!


We started in Stuttgart, where we met with our partners at Bosch and toured their Abstatt campus. Their campus reminds me of a plush Silicon Valley office, except instead of overlooking Highway 101, they overlook vineyards and a European castle.

Thanks to Udacity student Tolga Mert for organizing!

In the evening, Bosch’s Mirko Franke joined us at the Connected Autonomous Driving Meetup, organized by Udacity student Rainer Bariess.

We discussed the self-driving ecosystem and, of course, how to get a job working on self-driving cars at Bosch.


The next day we headed to Berlin to prepare for our deep learning workshop at Automotive Tech.AD. What a great collection of autonomous vehicle engineers from companies across Europe!

In the evening we hosted a Meetup for current and prospective Udacity students at our Berlin office. It is always a delight to meet students and hear firsthand what they love about Udacity, and how they feel we can improve the student experience.


Our final stop was London, for an interview with Alan Martin at Alphr.

That evening, Udacity alumnus Brian Holt, Head of Autonomous Driving at Parkopedia, hosted us for at the London Self-Driving/Autonomous Car Technology Meetup. We had a blast talking about the future of self-driving (and even flying!) cars.

It’s a lot of fun to fly across the globe and see different places, but the best experience of all is getting to meet students from all different parts of the world.

We learn what our students are working on, what excites them about self-driving cars, and about the difference Udacity has made in their lives. It’s wonderful!

If you’re interested in becoming a part of our global Self-Driving Car community, consider enrolling in one of our Nanodegree programs. No matter your skills and experience, we’ve got a program for you!


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