How AI is fuelling the car industry

Toyota has put $1 billion (£663 million) aside for a Silicon Valley artificial intelligence and robotics research unit to further its driverless car technologies, but is it enough to take Elon Musk’s crown as the biggest tech spender in the car industry?The Japanese carmaker’s new facilities will open January next year, with 200 employees based across two locations – MIT University and Silicon Valley. Driverless cars are ready to roam © iStock/Jason DoiyIt’s hoping to discover new materials and methods for manufacturing cars more efficiently, as well as creating safer, more accessible car technologies with the help of some of the brightest computing scientists in the world led by a former DARPA employee, Dr Gill Pratt. The news will be certain to get Elon Musk’s attention. His electric car company Tesla already uses…


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