India, November 05, 2018: KPIT Technologies (BSE: 532400; NSE: KPIT) and Udacity, the Silicon Valley-based lifelong learning platform, are partnering to upskill and build the engineering talent ecosystem for autonomous technology, including self-driving cars and autonomous flight.
KPIT is a global technology partner to OEMs and Tier1s – helping them accelerate the implementation of next-generation vehicle technologies including autonomous driving. The autonomous driving space is witnessing rapid growth with the adoption of new technologies and demands new skills. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, deep learning, and Big Data are some of the key skills required. KPIT and Udacity partnership accelerates the scalability required in these areas by providing training and competency in AI, Self-Driving Car Engineering, Data Engineering.
Employee Training and upskilling have been a key focus area for KPIT. It has instituted programs like PACE – to bridge industry-academia gap in collaboration with universities, GENESIS – to get employees project ready right after induction; HEI – a pioneering Higher education initiative co-created & co-delivered with renowned universities; ECODE KAIZEN – to provide continuous incremental training to make every employee upskill every day. These programs play a key part in developing global scalability for KPIT’s customers.
KPIT and Udacity have forged a strategic partnership that will have KPIT invest in upskilling employees with Udacity courses, which results in industry-recognized certification. KPIT has also announced and launched a program for several hundred scholarships for Self-Driving Car Engineering Nanodegree program from Udacity.
“Partnerships with top employers like KPIT Technologies are essential to delivering on our mission to democratize education,” said Sebastian Thrun, Founder & Executive Chairman of Udacity. “Self-driving cars engineering is a field with incredible job opportunities and the power to save lives. KPIT Technologies is bringing greater access to the field in India by supporting skill-based education within and outside the company.” Sebastian added.
Mr Kishor Patil, Co-founder, CEO & MD, KPIT Technologies, added, “While autonomous systems and self-driving technologies are finding great reception in the US and Europe, their impact on the larger mobility landscape of evolving economies such as India could be even more significant. This association enables us to combine our deep domain knowledge of the automotive industry with Udacity’s world-class learning platform to enable our employees with an unparalleled upskilling opportunity. Such collaborations will bring benefits to the industry as well as students’ community to learn the latest technologies. We are also pleased to announce a scholarship program for self-driving car engineering program from Udacity.