New York (The Verge) — Waymo is making some of its self-driving car data available for free to researchers theverge.com/2019/8/21/2082….
Recently, many companies that are developing autonomous driving systems have begun to release their data to the research community in dribs and drabs. Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, is making some of the high-resolution sensor data gathered by its fleet of autonomous vehicles available to researchers.
Waymo says its dataset contains 1,000 driving segments, with each segment capturing 20 seconds of continuous driving. Those 20-second clips correspond to 200,000 frames at 10 Hz per sensor, which will allow researchers to develop their own models to track and predict the behavior of everyone using the road, from drivers to pedestrians to cyclists.
The data was collected by Waymo’s fleet from four cities: San Francisco, Mountain View, Phoenix, and Kirkland, Washington. It includes images captured by each vehicle’s sensors, which includes LIDAR, cameras, and radar. Those images with vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists, and signage have been carefully labeled, presenting a total of 12 million 3D labels and 1.2 million 2D labels. — Andrew J. Hawkins/@verge