Ann Arbor to help drive autonomous research for Toyota

Toyota announced a research center in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan (U-M) campus. CEO Dr. Gill Pratt announced the venture at the GPU Technology conference in San Jose. Toyota will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science. Joining other Toyota Research Institute centers established in Palo Alto working with Stanford (TRI-PAL), and in Cambridge working with MIT (TRI-CAM), the TRI-ANN is scheduled to open in June and target a staff of approximately 50. The Toyota Technical Centers researched autonomous cars for more than a decade. A group of about 15 team members will transfer to the new TRI-ANN facility when it opens. U-M Professors Ryan Eustice and Edwin Olson are joining TRI-ANN as the area leads for mapping/localization and perception, respectively. Both will be based at…


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