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Introduction to Self-Driving Cars

Introduction to Self-Driving Cars

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Product is rated as #37 in category Artificial Intelligence

Welcome to Introduction to Self–Driving Cars, the first course in University of Toronto’s Self–Driving Cars Specialization. This course will introduce you to the terminology, design considerations and safety assessment of self–driving cars. By the end of this course, you will be able to: – Understand commonly used hardware used for self–driving cars – Identify the main components of the self–driving software stack – Program vehicle modelling and control – Analyze the safety frameworks and current industry practices for vehicle development For the final project in this course, you will develop control code to navigate a self–driving car around a racetrack in the CARLA simulation environment. You will construct longitudinal and lateral dynamic models for a vehicle and create controllers that regulate speed and path tracking performance using Python. You’ll test the limits of your control design and learn the challenges inherent in driving at the limit of vehicle performance. This is an advanced course, intended for learners with a background in mechanical engineering, computer and electrical engineering, or robotics. To succeed in this course, you should have programming experience in Python 3.0, familiarity with Linear Algebra (matrices, vectors, matrix multiplication, rank, Eigenvalues and vectors and inverses), Statistics (Gaussian probability distributions), Calculus and …

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Prof. Steven Waslander is a leading authority on autonomous aerial and ground vehicles, including multirotor drones and autonomous driving, Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) and multi-vehicle systems. He received his B.Sc.E.in 1998 from Queen’s University, his M.S. in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2007, both from Stanford University in Aeronautics and Astronautics, where as a graduate student he created the Stanford Testbed of Autonomous Rotorcraft for Multi-Agent Control (STARMAC), the world’s most capable outdoor multi-vehicle quadrotor platform at the time. He was recruited to Waterloo from Stanford in 2008, where he founded and directs the Waterloo Autonomous Vehicle Laboratory (WAVELab), extending the state of the art in autonomous drones and autonomous driving through advances in localization and mapping, object detection and tracking, integrated planning and control methods and multi-robot coordination. In 2018, he joined the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and founded the Toronto Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (TRAILab). Prof. Waslander’s innovations in drone research were recognized by the Ontario Centres of Excellence Mind to Market award for the best Industry/Academia collaboration (2012, with Aeryon Labs), best paper and best poster awards at the Computer and Robot Vision Conference (2018), and through two Outstanding Performance Awards, and two Distinguished Performance Awards while at the University of Waterloo. His work on autonomous vehicles has resulted in the Autonomoose, the first autonomous vehicle created at a Canadian University to drive over 100 km on public roads. His insights into autonomous driving have been featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, the Rick Mercer Report, and on national CBC Radio. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems, has served as the General Chair for the International Autonomous Robot Racing Competition (IARRC 2012-15), as the program chair for the 13th and 14th Conference on Computer and Robot Vision (CRV 2016-17), and as the Competitions Chair for the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017).

Specification: Introduction to Self-Driving Cars

Duration

26 hours

Year

2019

Level

Expert

Certificate

Yes

Quizzes

No

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    Alex C L

    Pros: It’s overall a very challenging courses. Presented the big picture of this exciting field. Lecture video is concise. Cons: The material can be structured in a more intuitive way, maybe expand the lecture a little bit, and it’ll be really helpful to give one or two simple concrete example every time a new concept or formula was introduced. For me, I need to search all the unfamiliar terms and formulas, and maybe work through a toy example or even write program or plot some data myself in order to understand the material and follow this course. p.s. I don’t have all the prerequisite to take this course (minimal exposure to robotics, can’t remember much about physics, I do have machine learning experience, but it is not helpful for this intro course).

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    Farid I

    Great content for an Introduction, it has its challenges. I really liked the merge of different topics, such as physics, mechanics and control, as well as safety standards and architecture. It would be cool to see more interaction of participants in the forums. Some of the topics could be explained in more detail, this is part of the challenges to face. However, when accomplishing the practical assessments, you gain confidence on trying different approaches to solve them and not just “by the book”

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    Juan R O D

    Muy bueno.

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    Astik S

    Everything in this course is well arranged and as per the industry standards. It was fun learning the controller design and implementing it in the final Assignment. One issue though is there any place to get all the slides together for the future use it will be very helpful thank you.

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    Ismail E

    Tres bon cours

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    Ahmed S S A

    The final project was so difficult for me, I think more support and illustration are needed.

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    Yilin G

    Nice course to learn basics of self driving cars. The final course project is really interesting.

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    Artem P

    It is good course, but for me structure of the course wasn’t the best. Last week and the assignment was great, but for me it was more useful if i start to code earlier. I don’t understand the importance of some information from the lections until the last week.

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    Vipul N

    Course content was good to understand the basics of self driving cars but I felt some more topics should have been covered and in some more depth, that would have helped in solving the final assignment. Supplementary reading material was good but it would have been better if the concepts were taught more in depth in the videos specially weak 6. Also it seams like the answer to few questions in the weekly assignment has some discrepancies, sometimes it looked like you have to select the wrong answer (as taught in lecture) to get the marks.

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    RAKESH

    Great learning experience with a lot of references and nicely designed projects to learn from. Look forward to diving deeper into the complete Self Driving Cars course.

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    Shubham S

    The assignments could be more illustrative. The rest of the course is well designed.

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    Dr. A K R

    Course is very nice and having knowledgeable contents. It help me lot to know the secrets of self driving car.

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    Jarno R

    Nice introduction into the vast topic of self–driving cars/vehicles.

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    ADITHYA R P

    teaches very well!the theory part is easy but the coding is hard

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    Lahcene O M

    very nice

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    Bogdan G

    I gained a lot of useful and interesting know–how by doing this course. Maybe a bit more responsiveness from teaching staff on the forum would be needed and also that some programming tasks are a bit clearer explained. Apart from that I highly recommend it!

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    SRIRAM S V

    Excellent course

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    mert s

    Awesome course, very beneficial

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    Alejandro P C

    Very good introduction course in terms of engineering. Would like to hace Deep Learning explanations.

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    Neeraj P

    Very engrossing and interesting course. This is a very intensive course and requires some work on the assignments and projects and hence makes it very satisfying to learn.

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    Gasser N

    Amazing course and amazing teaching methods

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    Adrian C

    Very insightful and industry related

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    Anatoly T

    High quality material with clear explanations. Quantity and volume of supplementary reading kills me, but these articles/books are very useful.

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    Hajdu C

    A great introductory course! It helped me to overview the very basic concepts of self–driving vehicle software architectures. Also, the programming assignments are very relevant and essential for making a vehicle moving in real life. CARLA, which the final assignment is related to, is also a recent simulator aiming for autonomous vehicle development.

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    Imesh S

    This course was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot. Hope to continue the specialization..

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    cuge

    pretty good

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    ROHITH

    i strugggeled due to lack of assistance on programming part

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    Yoel R

    Really good content. Even real stuff used auto industry. Forums not that good but I liked it a lot in general. Looking forward to the next one.

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    Enes E B

    Such a great course!

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    ismail o

    It was hard

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    Aravindaraja P

    Excellent way of presentation.Given the mammoth task of providing a course on such a huge topic,I feel it is very well organized.

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    WANG Q

    It’s a meaningful and great journey to start my self–driving study in this course. I learnt a lot and enjoy the study.

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    Soner C K

    It’s University Class and Quality Course

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    Carlos E S V

    Excellent, It says it is introductory but it is a challenging course, strongly recommended!

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    Vinod M

    Exceptional Course !! Lot of prerequisites required to complete, Really spend a good time to master it,

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    Luis E B G

    Great introduction to self–driving cars.

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    isac r b

    excelente course, I’m leaning a lot of things that it’s very important for my future. and for the future of the people.

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    Amit C

    Course is good if you want to start in Self–driving cars Industry. This is an advanced course so please learn about objected oriented programming in Python language. You will learn a lot while going through extra–readings. The only thing which troubled me is programming part and unavailability of some of articles for free. keep exploring the new scenarios in Carla simulator .

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    Vikhyat k

    Course was quite well structured but if Professor could include more live examples it would be quite helful for learning.Thanks again i learnt a lot from this course.

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    REVANTH B

    Why can’t all other universities provide such a structured course for their students. This shattered my preconceptions about online courses. The course is as hard as, if not harder than a regular classroom based courses with added flexibility and revision. I hope the governments of countries (especially developing) could provide subsidies or even better, discounts from coursera itself for poor yet talented students there.

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    Ali V

    The knowledge about how to implement a PID controller with the high level and low–level controller could not be mentioned enough because there was no exact knowledge about implementing an engine and throttle graph in real applications. The instructors seemed to want nonlinear MPC controller for the lateral control so that I really hardly worked on to analyze and implement the nonlinear MPC controller but in fact, there is no requirement to implement nonlinear MPC. Otherwise, the course is really awesome to understand the motion dynamics of a car with an internal combustion engine. Now, I am able to implement both the longitudinal and lateral controller for the car.

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    Jegan A

    Very Nice, Good Project and detail explanation on vehicle dynamics and control concepts

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    Santhosh T

    Bit advanced and assignment and project takes longer that mentioned time.

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    Manish k

    nice and very professional course I have taken so far. i think u must take on this course if you are interested in AV.

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    Amjad A T

    Should have added modelling exercises after each module.

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    Zaihao W

    Very good course, especially the reading materials!

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    Brian J C R

    Awesome course!!! I have learned more than I expected.

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    KAUSHIKKUMAR K R

    A good course for beginner of autonomous vehicle engineers

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    Sergio U S d C

    Worse than expected. I learn something, of course, but I was expecting to really learn many things. The assignments are not teachable and I learnt very little with them, but I spent lot of time. Not much help is provided in the forums by the instructors for passing the tedious assignments.

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    Takuya O

    Certain level of mathematics (e.g. Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential equations) and programing experience in Python 3 are required, but the course is well designed and structured for beginners for this field.

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    Jairo G

    Great Material and exercices!

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    Hossam K

    great contents overall interesting topics and well explained, but i think it needs more practical side i would say , the theoretical backgrounds are great and well used at the assignments and the final project but the lack of implementation during the class gave me a hard time dealing with the final project. Nevertheless I’ve had a great time during this course learning new and interesting topics, thanks for the professors and for the great materials/videos.

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    Hussein A

    Great introduction course! Briefly covers the overall autonomous system and focuses on the control system.

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    Jonathan C

    I loved this course and learned a great deal about the in and outs of self driving cars. I am definitely looking forward to the next courses.

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    Kailin T

    Good course, I like the teaching style and slides

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    sandeep j

    Great work sir thank you

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