Lyft Offers Driverless Vehicle Data to the Public

But why? Last we checked the race towards the first autonomous vehicle has been pretty intense, with dozens of high profile companies establishing a flurry of partnerships, along with investing billions into driverless R&D.

Well, there’s a few reasons. For its part, Lyft is saying it wants to “level the playing field” and help democratize access to this technology – and that’s probably true, considering Lyft –as a ride hailing business – is one of the companies that has arguably the most to gain from driverless tech reaching road-readiness quickly.

But there’s another benefit here, as Lyft’s free data access comes with another offer too: the company plans to host a competition for budding tech enthusiasts to “inspire use of the data.” Winners not only receive a $25,000 cash prize but, also, a job interview.