Toyota announces million partnership with Stanford, MIT

EAST PALO ALTO — Toyota is investing $50 million to create two new artificial intelligence research centers at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that will work on robot-assisted driving and inventing new ways to help people and goods move around. The Japanese carmaker has also hired Gill Pratt, a top robotics scientist from the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, to coordinate the 5-year collaboration. He will be based in Silicon Valley. The auto giant is the latest hoping to vault ahead of the highly competitive race to build self-driving vehicles, but the company and its academic partners on Friday repeatedly referred to their mission as “human-centric” and distinguished their goals from the fully autonomous cars that Google is testing in nearby Mountain View. “That, to us,…


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