Is Toyota Breaking Ground, or Playing Catch-Up?

With what’s under the hood fast becoming less important that what’s in the programming and circuitry, the race is on for automakers to stake a claim in Silicon Valley. The latest contender is Toyota, which last week announced it was investing $1 billion in a new company dedicated to artificial intelligence research. The Toyota Research Institute Inc. will straddle two coasts, with headquarters in Silicon Valley near Stanford University and a second facility in Cambridge, Mass., near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Toyota is also investing an additional $50 million each in Stanford and MIT to establish joint artificial intelligence research centers. TRI’s initial goals, according to new executive technical adviser Gill Pratt, are to improve safety; make driving accessible to everyone; and apply Toyota technology used in outdoor mobility…


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