Toyota executive maps out the future of ‘computers on wheels’

James Kuffner: “I’m a big fan of ‘Knight Rider.’ And the idea that there’s some intelligence embedded there in a vehicle is going to be a big idea.” Photo credit: Greg Horvath TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Computer sciences will take automobiles to future capabilities, turning them into “computers on wheels,” said a Toyota executive recently recruited from Google. Artificial intelligence, robotics and the cloud will result in vehicles that are safer, more personalized and better connected to other cars, infrastructure and smartphones, said James Kuffner, chief technology officer at Toyota Research Institute. “I’m a big fan of ‘Knight Rider,’” Kuffner told Automotive News, referring the 1980s TV show about a hyper-sophisticated car. “And the idea that there’s some intelligence embedded there in a vehicle is going to be a big…


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