Lyft making driverless data public in bid to speed development
Lyft is making research data on self-driving technology available to the public in a bid to accelerate the development of robotic cars, which is seen as critical to the ride-hailing giant’s future viability.
Billing it as the largest such trove of data made available to researchers and rivals, Lyft said the initiative includes more than 55,000 three-dimensional frames gleaned from cameras, lidar and radar installed on its research fleet. It also includes data from highly detailed maps created by Lyft’s test vehicles, which have been gathering data for nearly two years.
«One way to help accelerate innovation in this space is to have broader collaboration not just with industry, but with academia. We don’t care about doing everything in secrecy; we care about accelerating the whole industry» Luc Vincent, executive vice president of Lyft’s autonomous driving unit said.
The company contends that by releasing its driverless data, it can help push the creators of the technology to come up with solutions that solve the remaining challenges.
«It’s quite possible that through this data we will accelerate another player that will eventually create something great. Then hopefully we will put that on the Lyft platform» Vincent said.