Exclusive: What’s Ahead for the Toyota Research Institute

James Kuffner, the Chief Technology Officer at the Toyota Research Institute, was part of the original team that built Google’s Self-Driving Car. He led Google’s robotics team until last January, when Toyota hired him away to focus on cloud computing at their new artificial intelligence subsidiary. TRI now has three facilities, one in Ann Arbor partnering with University of Michigan, one in Cambridge, Mass partnering with MIT, and one in Silicon Valley partnering with Stanford. TRI focuses on vehicle safety and autonomy features and also mobility beyond cars—looking at robotics applications, especially for an aging population in Japan, and using the modern cloud computing infrastructure to accelerate scientific discovery. In an exclusive interview, Kuffner talked to IndustryWeek about what’s ahead for TRI. What are your research priorities? Safety and accessibility.…


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