Roundup: Lyft ups self-driving car effort / LA Wallet training  / US home sales tumble in June

    Data dump: Lyft is making research data on self-driving technology available to the public in a bid to accelerate the development of robotic cars, seen as critical to the ride-hailing giant’s future viability, Bloomberg reports. Billing it as the largest such trove of data made available to researchers and rivals, Lyft said this morning the initiative includes more than 55,000 three-dimensional frames gleaned from cameras and data from highly detailed maps created by Lyft’s test vehicles, which have been gathering data for nearly two years. Read the full story. 

    Carded: Louisiana residents are asking area retailers to accept LA Wallet, the nation’s only legally accepted digital driver’s license, for age verification proof. In response, LA Wallet, with more than 324,000 downloads, will host a free online webinar for Louisiana businesses on July 30 at noon to cover both how the app works as well as implementing best practices when verifying a digital ID.   

    Home sales: U.S. home sales tumbled 1.7% in June, with rising prices and a scarce supply locking out many Americans from ownership. The National Association of Realtors said this morning that homes were sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.27 million units. Sales have shriveled 2.2% over the past 12 months, despite such positive trends as a robust job market and falling mortgage rates. Read the full story.

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