What is a Self-Driving Car Engineer?

Insights to become a self-driving car engineer in 2023

What is a Self-Driving Car Engineer?

Have you ever wondered what it takes to work in the field of self-driving cars?

An interview with Jérémy Cohen, founder and CEO of Think Autonomous, a great platform to learn self-driving and advanced computer vision skills. In this interview, we dive into the self-driving car industry and different ML-related roles.

In this interview, we discuss getting into the industry and trying to demystify some myths. Here are some teasing questions we discuss:

  • How can one become a self-driving car engineer?
  • What are LiDARs, and how do they work?
  • What do you think about using LiDAR vs. cameras on self-driving cars?
  • Do you think a $200 000 salary for a computer vision engineer is a myth?

Here are a few extra insights for getting into the self-driving car industry to help you decide if it’s worth a listen:

  1. Establish a strong engineering background. Consider obtaining an engineering degree or pursuing a relevant master’s program before transitioning into your desired field.
  2. Learn as much as you can online. Take advantage of online resources such as courses and communities to develop your skills and connect with others in the field.
  3. Be strategic about building your portfolio. Start with essential courses and skills, such as computer vision, before diving into more specialized areas like self-driving cars.
  4. Don’t settle for a low salary or an uninteresting job. While it’s important to pursue your dream job, it’s also okay to make it a long-term goal and gradually improve your skills along the way.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you’d like more episodes with Jérémy in the self-driving car industry! (or listen to the podcast on the streaming platforms)