Auto briefs: AI, anthropology, a bestseller anniversary

An artificial intelligence partnership, an anthropological take on autonomous driving, and the 50th year for a bestselling vehicle series were among the items being promoted by automakers recently.Toyota has announced a partnership with the University of Michigan to advance research in artificial intelligence, autonomous driving, and robotics. The Toyota Research Institute will provide $22 million to the university over four years to fund research collaborations with its faculty. Two robotics professors at the University of Michigan have been hired by the Toyota Research Institute to assist with self-driving vehicle research, although both will keep their faculty positions.Nissan is highlighting the work of Melissa Cefkin, a principal scientist and design anthropologist who began working at the automaker in March 2015. Cefkin is helping to develop Nissan’s “ProPILOT” autonomous driving system by…


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