Waymo shares its treasure chest of self-driving car data

Following in the footsteps of 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, 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.

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.