Self drive cars are the future
The first online course aimed at designing the next generation of self drive vehicles was officially launched by the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O'Connor last Friday at IT Sligo.
The new part-time Masters of Engineering programme brings together interdisciplinary concepts such as computer vision, artificial intelligence, vehicle dynamics and advanced sensor systems to provide engineers with the skills required to design the next generation of self-driving cars.
Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor said: "Autonomous vehicles are the future of the motor industry and IT Sligo is at the forefront of online education in Ireland.
"To have such a futuristic course delivered around the world to industry leaders, highlights how far third level education has come in Ireland. Thanks to IT Sligo's embracing of online learning, we can now deliver ground breaking courses to industries around the world."
The new online Master of Engineering in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles programme has been closely developed with the motor industry on the west coast of Ireland as well as with input from German automotive manufacturers and suppliers such as BMW and Continental AG through IT Sligo's partner University of Applied Sciences, Kempten, Germany.
Almost half of IT Sligo's 6,000 students are now studying online. President of IT Sligo, Dr Brendan McCormack thanked Minister Mitchell O'Connor for her support and praised the work of the Faculty of Engineering and Design at IT Sligo for the innovative new online course: "We are delighted to be the first third level institute in Europe to offer an online Masters course in Autonomous Vehicles."