Waymo is releasing its first set of multimodal sensor data for autonomous driving, which will be accessible to researchers for free on its website, in hopes of accelerating advancements in the field.
The "high-resolution sensor data" is intended for researchers at universities and other private research firms, Drago Anguelov, Waymo's principal scientist and head of research, said in a media briefing.
Waymo, Google's self-driving unit, said the data set includes video from 1,000 driving segments in a variety of driving environments with a 360-degree view. It also includes lidar frames and images with vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and signage carefully labeled.
The Waymo Open Dataset could help researchers make advances in two-dimensional and three-dimensional perception and make progress on areas such as domain adaptation, scene understanding and behavior prediction, the company said.
Waymo vehicles have driven 10 million miles on public roads in 25 locations, Anguelov said, and just "a small percent" of the data collected over the last 10 years is now available online.