Simulators: They Just Get Better

In 2016, when I was starting to build Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree Program, it was so hard to find a good vehicle simulator to use. And the simulators that did exist had really bad graphics. They were like 1980s video games.

We wound up programming our own simulators with the Unity gaming engine, just because we didn’t have any other options.

Fast-forward to 2020 and there are so many amazing, photo-realistic simulators on the market.

This Cruise video shows their simulator. I first started watching while only half paying attention. It wasn’t until halfway through the video that I realized I was watching a simulator.


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