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About the Course

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 Physics (forces, moments, inertia, Newton's Laws). You will also need certain hardware and software specifications in order to effectively run the CARLA simulator: Windows 7 64-bit (or later) or Ubuntu 16.04 (or later), Quad-core Intel or AMD processor (2.5 GHz or faster), NVIDIA GeForce 470 GTX or AMD Radeon 6870 HD series card or higher, 8 GB RAM, and OpenGL 3 or greater (for Linux computers)....

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Jul 29, 2021

This is a great course and also a demanding course for future of automobile industry. This course teachs me a lot about the control system of the car which is used in the autonomous control unit.


Jul 27, 2020

This introduction course really helped me recalling all my basic learning. Really appreciate the Professor. It will definitely help me for enhancing my skills in the field of autonomous driving.

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By Astik S

Aug 17, 2019

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.

By José C I G Z

Sep 23, 2020

This course is amazing. It covers the main introductory concepts of self-driving vehicles and control systems design. The lectures are easy to understand and the assignments are challenging. At the end of the course, we also have the opportunity to implement the autopilot in CARLA.

By Manohar

May 11, 2020

This a wonderful

I got to learn many things about driverless cars and the programming part was tough but t last learnt.

I never forget Control Systems

But if lateral control systems explained using animation by showing angles will provide a good understanding in less time

thank you.

By Domenico D M P

Oct 14, 2020

Fantastic course! It provides a great and complete amount of knowledge on the self-driving cars area. It is a good start for anyone who is looking forward to work on this industry. It is also useful for understanding vehicle dynamics modelling of any type of car.

By Mistura M

Mar 21, 2021

The introduction to self-driving cars specialization did a good job at exposing me to the trends in autonomous system. I am glad that I was able to apply what I learnt during my degree in control Systems, linear algebra, mechanics etc. It is a 5 star from me.

By Bogdan G

Sep 12, 2019

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!

By Eza S

Feb 5, 2023

Very accessible material and lectures. I highly recommend this course to anyone seeking to study self-driving cars and have a hands-on experience applying concepts through programming. A well supported and resourced course. I enjoyed each step of the way!

By Surendar D

Jun 27, 2020

This is the best place to start learning about self driving cars. Course is well designed to cater the needs of the students. At the end of this course, students will definitely feel confident about their path towards self driving car field of study.

By Natarajan N

Jun 26, 2020

The Course focuses on examples that are easier for illustration and development of knowledge to solve a complex problem such as self-driving cars. The presentation and teaching exercises were very well designed to meet an engineer's working schedule.

By Gheoace M

Sep 6, 2020

Extremely well documented and easy to follow along. It offers all the materials you need to understand the concepts but a prior basic understanding of mechanics, control theory and programming in python makes the much easier to complete this course.

By Glauber R L

May 13, 2020

It gives a broad view on autonomous vehicles, particularly the control methodologies which could be applied on other types of cars, like differential wheels. The overall system architecture present is well done and really fascinating.

By Sohaib A

Apr 17, 2021

It is a fundamental course to get one started in the Autonomous Field of Automobiles. It is related to my FYP and i am in my last semester of Mechanical Engineering. Really learnt a lot which i couldn't in my 4 years of engineering.

By Pablo M

Aug 12, 2020

It was really amazing the well explained and well structured of this course. It should take over hundreds of hours to plan and execute the videos and the code for the exercises. Very good job and I enjoy every minute of the course.

By Davide C

May 5, 2019

I appreciated this course because it explains the basics of autonomous driving, starting from simple concepts as automation level, sensors used, and then going deeply into longitudinal and lateral control for path planning.

By Ngoc T L

Oct 15, 2020

This is the best course to step into self-driving car engineer. I have learned both the theory of SDC and do control the car on simulation platform CARLA. Thanks to the instructor and the team. Really enjoy the course.

By Matthias P

Jun 9, 2020

This is a fun course. High quality lecture videos and many options for further reading. The programming assignments are well thought out. Overall all the graded assignments are well designed to test your knowledge.

By Takuya O

Feb 5, 2020

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.

By Deleted A

Apr 20, 2020

The course is very well designed to cover all the basics of self-driving cars. This experience will definitely help me in exploring more possibilities. I definitely recommend this course for my students. Thanks

By Long H

Dec 5, 2020

A great introduction to many concepts to the industry! Not only showing us certain industry standards (Fusa, Sotif), it also provides clear lectures and assignments which are helpful to know the real world.

By Mohammad N M

Apr 25, 2020

Personally, It was an absolutely fascinating journey! Thanks to Steven for teaching me so much about autonomous driving! I look forward to next courses and I hope it can help me find the best job out there.

By Himanshu B

May 11, 2019

An awesome course with detailed knowledge of the lateral and longitudinal control of a self-driving car along with the mathematics behind. Got to learn about every aspect of a self-driving car engineer.

By Ahmed S

Sep 12, 2020

An excellent introduction to autonomous vehicles. It really aided me in my bachelor thesis project which was implmentating a lateral mpc controller. Oustanding explanation for the basics of this field.

By Pushpendra S

Jul 30, 2021

This is a great course and also a demanding course for future of automobile industry. This course teachs me a lot about the control system of the car which is used in the autonomous control unit.

By Alok P

Jul 28, 2020

This introduction course really helped me recalling all my basic learning. Really appreciate the Professor. It will definitely help me for enhancing my skills in the field of autonomous driving.

By 2K19/AE/025 H P

Oct 26, 2022

Really Insightfull, Covers al parameters and gives you complete knowledge Really Recommended to anyone out there wanna take a good technical approach to Introduction to Self driving Cars