NNG LLC, a developer of next generation navigation and infotainment systems for the biggest automotive companies around the world, announced a partnership with Udacity, the global online training platform that prepares the world’s workforce for careers of the future, to upskill its employees in areas such as Computer Vision, Sensor Fusion, and Data Engineering.
Udacity’s Nanodegree® programs—co-created with industry leaders—feature hands-on learning with projects tailored to real-world scenarios that complement instructor-led sessions. NNG selected Udacity for its balance of theory and practice in its learning methodology. Learners complete hands-on exercises and projects, which reinforce their learning and ensure that they can apply their skills to real-world scenarios. As a result of leveraging Udacity’s Nanodegree programs, NNG aims to build a pool of practitioners who can help the organization seize business opportunities in the automotive space.
“Having personally taken a Udacity Nanodegree program, I can say with confidence that the training has strengthened my skill sets,” said Dr. Martin Pfeifle, Chief Technology Officer of NNG. “I see a lot of opportunities for our engineers to combine the training material with what they know to build new and innovative products to better meet our users’ unique needs for safe navigation. I’m especially excited to see how our employees are going to apply their new knowledge in creative ways we did not expect.”
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The goal of this program is to train engineers who can leverage their newly-acquired skills to develop innovative features and services to keep pace with the growth of in-vehicle infotainment. For example, by combining their existing knowledge of Search, Routing, and Guidance with the latest Machine Learning and Big Data technologies, NNG plans to offer predictive and location-aware user experiences such as automatic destination detection, traffic warnings, augmented reality-based guidance. In addition, NNG aims to upskill its workforce to offer more efficient and effective collaboration and co-development solutions to OEMs and their suppliers.
“NNG is seeking to develop a talent pool with a deep understanding of technologies related to self-driving cars, such as positioning, camera calibration, and object detection,” said Tamás Kerecsen, Chief Technology Innovation Officer of NNG. “We hope that by giving our colleagues access to cutting-edge technology training programs through Udacity, we can motivate and inspire them to come up with innovative solutions.”