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TechnologyWaymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data

19:35  21 august  2019
19:35  21 august  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Autonomous vehicle company Waymo to test in Florida rain

Autonomous vehicle company Waymo to test in Florida rain MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — Google autonomous vehicle spinoff Waymo says it will start testing on public roads in Florida to better experience heavy rain. The Mountain View, California, company says tests will begin this month in the Miami area and include highway driving to Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers. The Florida test vehicles will be driven by humans. They'll collect data with laser and radar sensors. Heavy rain can affect image quality. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This Tuesday, May 8, 2018, file photo shows a Waymo logo displayed on the window of a car at the Google I/O conference in Mountain View, Calif.

Later, the company shared its self - driving cars had driven a collective 4 million miles on public roads, a jump of 1 million miles in only six months. The Waymo journey first started out in 2009 as the “ self - driving car project” in secret. It was led by the co-inventor of Google Street View, Sebastian

Since 2013, when self - driving cars first began appearing in large numbers on public roadways, a primary goal of manufacturers has been to create an autonomous car system that is clearly and

Following in the footsteps of Ford's Argo AI and Aptiv, Waymo will provide its self-driving car data to researchers at no cost. The move will hopefully allow for additional breakthroughs in autonomous-vehicle technology -- and there's an awful lot of data for researchers to comb through.

Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Nice guy Waymo will share its data with anyone. Waymo

Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving-car subsidiary, made the announcement on Wednesday and said all of its shareable data will be included in the Waymo Open Dataset. In the dataset, autonomous technology researchers will find oodles of high-resolution sensor data sourced directly from Waymo self-driving car prototypes.

Waymo is making some of its self-driving car data available for free to researchers

Waymo is making some of its self-driving car data available for free to researchers Waymo is making some high-resolution sensor data gathered by its fleet of autonomous vehicles available to researchers. © Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The VergeWaymo 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, Calif.

Waymo . Share . Waymo has been ferrying its own employees around in its cars for years, and earlier this year, the company launched a program for select riders in Phoenix to take free trips in its fleet of self - driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans.

Waymo —formerly the Google self - driving car project—stands for a new way forward in mobility. Our mission is to make it safe and easy for people Waymo began as the Google Self - Driving Car Project in 2009. We’re making it safe and easy for everyone to get around - without the need for anyone in the

This first release includes 1,000 driving segments and each segment measures 20 seconds long. While that may not sound like a lot of time, consider how much data Waymo autonomous cars record in any given second. In each 20-second segment there are 200,000 frames for researchers to analyze in high resolution. There's also a whole bunch of lidar frames and images that label other vehicles, pedestrians, street signs and many other things Waymo's fleet of self-driving cars encountered on their drives.

Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
A ride on public streets in Waymo One

Waymo test vehicles don't only practice in perfect weather, either. Footage included will provide data from rainy drives and varies from urban areas to mountain drives. Researchers will also have access to data collected during nighttime tests, too.

Waymo shares some of its self-driving car data to help researchers

Waymo shares some of its self-driving car data to help researchers Self-driving car data is intensely valuable, and it's frequently considered one of Waymo's advantages -- it has more experience than virtually anyone. Now, however, the company is sharing some of that knowledge with the rest of the world. It's launching a Waymo Open Dataset that gives researchers free access to synced camera and LiDAR data from the company's autonomous vehicles across a variety of driving conditions and locales. It only covers 1,000 driving segments of 20 seconds each, but that's 200,000 frames per sensor, 12 million 3D object labels and 1.2 million 2D labels -- that could be a lot to work with.

Waymo needs to prove its self - driving system works in every situation, then get the public—and public officials—to accept that proof. Alphabet's newest company must map every inch of every street it plans to travel, get that data onto its cars , and figure out how to keep those maps updated. It has to drive

Waymo recently hosted a number of journalists at its private Castle testing compound, and treated us to rides with no safety driver behind the wheel – now, the former Google self - driving car company is going farther still, however, launching public road tests of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans

A whopping 12 million 3D labels and 1.2 million 2D labels are included in the dataset from footage. But why is this all important? It gives researchers the ability to take real-life testing to potentially build models that predict other motorists and pedestrians' behaviors. If technology can better predict that a driver plans to abruptly change lanes, for example, it makes a self-driving car that much smarter, as it knows to slow down or perhaps move out of the way. Researchers will also find camera and lidar synchronization that helped build Waymo's own 3D perception models.

Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data© Waymo

With the data dump, the company hopes others can contribute to the budding autonomous sector, but it could also benefit advances in other areas such as robotics.

Waymo's autonomous Pacifica cruising through Castle

Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data
Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data

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