Online education startup Udacity is offering a "Nanodegree" in Self-Driving Car Engineering. Udacity was cofounded by former Google VP Sebastian Thrun, who says that there is a lack of a formal education and talent in the field of autonomous vehicles. As part of the online course, students will be able to upload their own code to Udacity's self-driving Lincoln MKZ, and see how it performs on a test track via livestream. Students could even score a job with one of the program's partners - Mercedes-Benz, Didi, Nvidia, and Uber-owned Otto - as they have said they'll interview graduates of the program. Read more at Business Insider, in a post from Udacity VP Oliver Cameron, or at Udacity's website.
GM says it will run on 100-percent renewable energy by 2050. Joining the RE100, the automaker says all power for each of its operations around the globe will be sourced from wind, solar, landfill gas, and other clean energy. GM says it already saves $5 million per year using renewable energy, is currently adding capacity to solar arrays at two Chinese facilities, and plans to increase its own energy efficiency as it works toward its environmental goals. "This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs," says GM CEO Mary Barra. Read more in the press release from GM.