Lyft and Udacity partner to offer 400 self-driving cars scholarships

Ride-hailing operator Lyft and online learning portal Udacity have announced a partnership that will see them offer 400 scholarships for Udacity’s new ‘Intro to Self-Driving Cars’ Nanodegree programme.

The scholarships, which are on offer over the next year, will target communities that are typically underrepresented when it comes to technology in the US.

Successful applicants will have access to mentorship opportunities through Lyft’s Level 5 Engineering Center, home to its self-driving division, while the company will also provide career opportunities to top Udacity graduates.

Udacity’s introductory self-driving cars programme is accessible to those with minimal programming experience. The course covers the essentials of self-driving technology, including machine learning, object-oriented programming and probabilistic robotics.

Graduates of the ‘Intro to Self-Driving Cars’ programme will earn guaranteed admission to Udacity’s Self-Driving Car Engineer Nanodegree programme, offering them a ‘complete path’ to a self-driving car career, according to Udacity.