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Self-Driving Cars: What Can We Realistically Expect?

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4 hours
119.80 USD
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Course description

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In Self-Driving Cars: What Can We Realistically Expect?, you'll learn ...

  • Four questions that a human driver and an SDC must answer to drive successfully
  • The role of route maps, sensors, and software in SDC navigation
  • Concerns related to the widespread use of SDCs
  • The future of SDCs


Credit: 4 PDH

Length: 62 pages

Recent developments in the technology of self-driving cars (SDCs) are described in this course. Popular media have made many predictions about the dramatic changes self-driving cars (SDCs) will eventually bring about in society. Some prominent people working in the field worry that these predictions grossly overstate what can reasonably be expected of SDCs and may discredit the entire field when SDCs fail to meet expectations. Despite this concern, these researchers believe that SDCs will eventually prove their worth but probably not in the form and certainly not as soon as the media say.

This course draws on the comments and writings of these researchers to identify over a dozen problems in SDC development that have not yet been solved. The issues include not just technical issues such as the adequacy of machine learning, software validation, hardware reliability, cybersecurity, and the lack of adequate testing, but also matters non-technical such as public fears about SDCs' lack of safety and questions of insurance and liability. The course concludes by suggesting a future consisting of slow, incremental improvements in SDCs over many years. The radical changes in society that are currently being predicted in the media may never come to fruition, but SDCs may result in the saving of the lives of many people who would have otherwise perished in automobile accidents.

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You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 24 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Types of sensors
  • Operational Design Domain
  • SAE Standard J3016 (Levels of Automation)
  • The handoff problem, disengagements, fallback, and teleoperation


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