While Union Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari, may have earlier announced that self-driving cars will not be allowed in India. Global consulting and technology service providers, Infosys has tied up with Udacity to train the former’s employees in its Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program.
The program, known as Udacity Connect, is a combined in-person and online training offering. It will provide Infosys’ employees the skills needed, as the company continues to focus on autonomous technology across a range of industries, including automotive, manufacturing and mining.
“Udacity is focused on lifelong learning for all people at any stage in life. We are excited to expand our partnership with Infosys in providing their employees with the skills necessary to thrive in the fast-growing autonomous vehicle space, said Vish Makhijani, CEO of Udacity.
The 20-week curriculum will train employees on engineering technologies for self-driving vehicles, including advanced courses in deep learning and machine learning. Program participants will also engage in six-week apprenticeships working on solutions for Infosys clients’ most pressing challenges. The apprenticeships will help quickly scale participants’ skills and translate them into practical, new industry solutions. The goal of this program is to train 500 engineers by the end of 2018.
In addition, Infosys will hold a hackathon/competition in November that is designed to identify the brightest of Infosys’ global talent to select the first 100 participants for the program.
“Infosys is committed to re-skilling and training its employees in groundbreaking technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and autonomous technologies,” said Ravi Kumar S., President and Deputy COO, Infosys.
Infosys is investing in developing deep expertise in autonomous technology that will allow their clients to embrace these technologies at scale in their own contextualized environment. Thus, with the launch of in-person and online Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree program, not only will they accelerate the pace of skill adoption but also ensure their clients continue to be at the forefront of innovation.