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How can someone get into building autonomous cars?

I was wondering about what career path would it be for building and programming autonomous cars. #career-path #programming #automation

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Hi Gloria!

You asked a very important question.

Here is a site that has a very helpful video and other helpful information: http://www.yourfutureinautomotive.com/education-advice/university http://www.wikihow.com/Become-an-Automotive-Engineer

Here is the site of an association of people who are involved in various aspects of automotive design and engineering. http://www.sae.org/.

Perhaps the reference librarian at your local library could help you to find a local chapter, so that you could attend a meeting and mix and mingle and learn more. These organizations are very interested and eager for student involvement.

Talk to the head of alumni relations at your school to see if there are any of the graduates of your school working in these areas. The job of the head of the relations department is to create and maintain a community of graduates of your school. He/she can help you to locate and talk to people who are doing what you think that you want to do so you can see what they do, how they got there, and how you feel about what they are doing. This is called networking. Here are some tips: http://www.wikihow.com/Network https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations

Also talk to your school counselor about participating in intern, coop, volunteer, and shadowing programs that will help with career exposure. Here is a good site for locating internships: http://www.fastweb.com/

I think that you will find this site a very helpful one, as it is designed for girls who might be interested in engineering: http://www.engineergirl.org/

Please let me know if and how this helps. I would like to follow your progress. Please keep me posted. Best of luck!

Last updated Oct 01 '16 at 08:43

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Here are two companies to watch:

Ford Announces Plan To Research Autonomous Vehicles

In early 2015, Ford announced its “Smart Mobility Plan” to move the company forward on innovation, including vehicle connectivity and autonomous vehicles. This plan culminated in the formation of Ford Smart Mobility LLC in March 2016, a new subsidiary focused on connectivity, autonomous vehicles, and mobility (e.g. car- and ride-sharing services). As part of its 10-year autonomous vehicle plan, Ford also announced that it would triple its test fleet to 30 total vehicles in January. It has pioneered the testing of self-driving cars in less friendly environments, such as snowy Michigan, as well as in complete darkness.

Read More: Ford, Business Insider, Forbes

General Motors Pushes Ahead With Autonomous R&D, M&A

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General Motors has made waves in 2016 with a series of aggressive moves within the tech sphere. In January, the company bought up Sidecar‘s assets and invested $500M into Lyft, and March saw GM’s acquisition of autonomous tech startup Cruise Automation. These deals have already borne fruit, with Cruise prototypes following Google in expanding their testing regimen to Arizona. Self-driving taxis are slated for testing with Lyft beginning in 2017.

Separately, GM has also been developing its own semi-autonomous technology in-house, with its Super Cruise technology slated to come to market on high-end Cadillac models in 2017. GM has said that the Cruise acquisition would have “no impact” on its Super Cruise launch, and has also detailed plans to hire 700 engineers focused on autonomous R&D.

Read More: The Verge, Bloomberg

Last updated Oct 01 '16 at 11:06

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There will not a singular job focused on building autonomous cars. Cars, autonomous or not, have a series of subssytems that need to be designed and engineered to meet performance and cost requirements. If your objective is to engineer the AI, then focus your education on AI--Coding will be a component of this. However, if you want to "code", there are many lines of code which are typically written by a software development team in support of an AI architecture designed by engineers--this is usually a different role.

Figure out what you want to do, and what part you in the process you would ideally like to play. Then get the education and apply to companies developing autonomous vehicles.

Last updated Oct 18 '16 at 10:18

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Sounds like you really enjoy building things and your creations in action. I would advise you research Robotics or Engineering. If you don't mind me asking, what other interests do you have?

Last updated Feb 06 at 18:19

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