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Ouster partners with Playment and Scale.AI

Ouster has announced a partnership with Playment and Scale.AI.

Ouster is known to be one of the leading manufacturers of high-resolution lidar sensors, while Playment and Scale.AI are data labeling companies.

The partnership aims to rapidly accelerate the implementation of deep learning models in self-driving vehicles and other real-time robotics by solving their biggest bottleneck: accurate, multi-layer labeled training data.

At the core of the partnership is Ouster’s OS-1 lidar sensor. The company’s multi-beam flash lidar technology outputs intensity, range, and ambient images where every 2D pixel corresponds to a 3D point, which allows its data labeling partners to easily translate between 2D and 3D point clouds. It is a major step forward for machine learning and deep learning algorithms in self driving cars.

The partnership has a number of specific advantages for customers, including:

10-50% lower cost and faster labeling – Ouster’s sensors output data in a 2D camera-like format that allows it to be labeled with a process that builds on the camera labeling tool chain. By eliminating the need to label both 2D and 3D data sets independently, this partnership reduces the amount of annotation needed by the annotators, which ultimately reduces the cost to the customer.

Streamlined data transfer – A standardized, efficient data format reduces the amount of data and associated transfer costs by up to 97%. Data volumes are already so high that some customers must physically ship hard drives to their labeling partners. Ouster eliminates these cumbersome and inefficient workflows.

No sensor fusion required – Not only is sensor fusion cumbersome and error prone – it also drives up the cost of data labeling. Ouster’s lidar sensor outputs 2D camera-like imagery in addition to 3D data, eliminating the need to fuse lidar and camera outputs to generate synchronous 2D and 3D data.

Automatic 2D Mask Generation – Customers can now feed a single image to Playment or Scale.AI and receive both 2D instance and semantic segmentation masks and 3D bounding boxes.

The teams have worked together for months to establish a common data format and labeling process that combines the image-like output from Ouster’s lidar sensors and capabilities of Playment and Scale.AI’s labeling toolchains to save perception teams both time and money.

The new approach removes some of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of data labeling for companies working on everything from autonomous vehicles to industrial robotics and drones.

The initial result of the partnership is a dramatic simplification in the process required to feed lidar data through the data annotation APIs provided by Playment and Scale.AI, and promises to reduce the cost of data labeling by up to 50%.

Source: Press Release

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