Toyota Chooses Ann Arbor For Third U.S. Research Facility

Toyota will establish its third U.S. Toyota Research Institute (TRI) facility in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan (U-M) campus where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science. Joining the TRI facility established last January in Palo Alto working with Stanford (TRI-PAL), and in Cambridge working with MIT (TRI-CAM), TRI-ANN is scheduled to open in June and target a staff of approximately 50. MCity is the world’s first controlled environment designed for the testing of autonomous vehicles that communicate with each other. (Credit: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering/University of Michigan) “Beyond the extraordinary work that U-M is doing broadly in advancing automotive safety research—and in autonomous driving, in particular —Toyota has deep roots in the Ann Arbor community,” said Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the TRI. “TRI…


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