Transportation network company Lyft has announced that it is making research data on self-driving technology available to the public.
Lyft is releasing the research data in a bid to accelerate the development of robotic cars.
Bloomberg reports that the development of robotic cars is seen as critical to the ride-hailing company’s future viability.
The research is being called the largest trove of data made available to researchers and rivals by Lyft as 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.
According to Bloomberg Lyft’s executive vice president Luc Vincent said, ‘One way to help accelerate innovation in this space is to have broader collaboration not just with the industry, but with academia.’
‘We don’t care about doing everything in secrecy, we care about accelerating the whole industry,’ added Vincent.
Lyft 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, reports Bloomberg.
‘It’s quite possible that through this data we will accelerate another player that will eventually create something great,’ concluded Vincent.