Learning about Self-Driving Cars with CV Pro

In collaboration with Robotix, all opinions expressed are my own.

In my eighth-grade STEAM class, we have been exploring artificial intelligence, coding, and other emerging technologies for a few years. I am always interested in finding new resources for students to explore that give them a chance to become curious and also invest in creating and innovating. We started to use the courses available from AI World School two years ago and my students really enjoyed them. The courses provide engaging learning experiences about artificial intelligence and machine learning for students. Within each course, the modules included definitions, challenges, and quizzes to spark interest in students that would lead them to think about becoming creators with AI.

Why learn about AI?

Many people wonder about the benefits of learning about AI and why bring it into our classrooms? We interact with AI every day and students need to understand what it is, how it works, the impact it has, and what it might mean for the future of work and education. We have seen an increase in AI over the past couple of months and it will continue to grow.

With a prediction that there will be 33 million self-driving cars on the road by 2040, it is important that students understand how this type of technology is created and how it functions. However, as we know, self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles are no longer a thing of the future. They are rapidly becoming a reality, and the technology that drives them is advancing at an unbelievable pace.

By providing students with opportunities to learn about this field today, and to make an impact with what they create, they will have a significant advantage in the future job market. By learning about self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles, students can develop essential “21st century” and “future-ready” skills such as critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving. We will shift students from consumers to creators, to innovators.

CV Pro

Finding the right resources is key. With CV Pro from Robotix, educators can provide powerful learning experiences for students in their classrooms. Students need opportunities to learn how to code and to do so at their own pace or while collaborating with classmates. One critical area of learning about self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles is coding. As the technology behind these vehicles becomes more sophisticated, the programming required to operate them becomes more complex. Students who learn to code will have a significant advantage in the job market, as the demand for skilled coders in this field is growing rapidly, with a prediction of 58 million STEM-related jobs available by 2025.

What is the CV Pro?

CV Pro is a hands-on solutions platform for students to use as they discover and explore platooning, self-driving cars & autonomous vehicles. It has smart computer vision technology that utilizes the extensive sensor suites, powerful computational abilities and state-of-the-art communication channels of smartphones as the operating brain power. Students can learn about advanced AI technologies like machine learning, applied deep learning and neural networks.

By diving into learning with the CV Pro, students will learn the operational techniques of advanced computer vision technologies such as how vehicles stay in the lane, lane detection, lane changing, vehicle or person-following. Students also look at how to program it so they prevent collisions by using object identification for example.

The features of CV Pro

Being able to interact with and write programs for these self-driving cars gives students an edge with the technology. It is important for students to understand how these vehicles function. These tools can include sensors, cameras, and other advanced technologies that allow the vehicles to perceive their surroundings and react accordingly. Students will be better equipped to troubleshoot problems that arise after they spend time writing programs, facing challenges and continuing to improve their coding skills. During this process, it will foster discussions about ethics and how decisions are made that impact the programming for these tools.

Students should also learn about the ethical and social implications of self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles. These vehicles have the potential to revolutionize transportation and make our roads safer. However, they also raise important questions about privacy, liability, and the role of human drivers. Students who understand the ethical and social implications of these vehicles will be better equipped to make informed decisions about their use and development.

Robotix is a valuable resource for students who are interested in learning about self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles. Robotix offers a range of courses that teach students about coding, robotics, and other related fields. For example, the course “Artificial Intelligence & Robotics” provides an introduction to the principles of AI and robotics and teaches students how to program robots using Python.

VDC is an autonomous car simulator just like a flight simulator. Get a VDC course for free by subscribing to the CV Pro kickstarter campaign landing page.

Learning about self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles is a valuable investment in a student’s future. Students who learn about coding, hardware, ethics, and social implications in this field will be better equipped to navigate the future job market and will be better prepared for a world in which self-driving cars and autonomous vehicles are a significant part of everyday life. With resources such as Robotix and AI World School available, there has never been a better time to start learning about this exciting and rapidly advancing field.

I love sharing about these awesome tools at conferences!

CV Pro at FETC

In January, I had the chance to share the CV Pro during a few of my sessions at the FETC (Future of Education Technology Conference). It was exciting to hear from classroom teachers, tech coaches, and administrators about their interests in the types of tools available for students to learn about these technologies. Being able to see the CV Pro and understand all the ways that students can use it to learn about autonomous driving was a great experience for attendees. Knowing that there are options available that place learning in the students’ hands is powerful!

CV Pro at BETT 2023:

Recently, CV Pro was showcased at the BETT Show 2023 which was held in ExCEL London from the 29th to the 31st of March 2023. The Robotix team demonstrated various autonomous driving programs carried out by CV Pro to an audience consisting of educators [K12, college & university level], researchers & professors in Computer Science, Robotics & AI enthusiasts, delegates from education ministries, and distributors & providers of EdTech solutions to name a few.

The CV Pro robots demonstrated how they carried out lane identification, lane tracking & following as they drove around a track. Another feature demonstrated was how CV Pro carried out object recognition by responding to objects such as traffic signs, as it was moving along the track.

Most visitors expressed their keen interest in CV Pro as an educational aid for exploring the topic of self-driving cars. Some of them suggested that CV Pro can also be used in Robotics competitions for students. Industry experts also provided a few helpful & critical suggestions & modifications which shall be implemented before the launch on Kickstarter.

Overall, the feedback that CV Pro received at BETT 2023 has been positive, productive, and promising.

Link: https://youtu.be/NGk5xk7mHUk

About the Author

Rachelle Dené Poth is a Foreign Language and STEAM Educator at Riverview High School in Oakmont, PA. She is also an Attorney, Edtech Consultant, Speaker and Author of seven books about education and edtech. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @Rdene915

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