Toyota invests million in intelligent vehicle technology at Stanford, MIT AI research centers

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced today (Fri. Sept. 4) that it will be investing approximately $50 million over the next five years to establish joint research centers at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab (SAIL) and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Toyota also said Dr. Gill Pratt, former Program Manager at DARPA and leader of its recent Robotics Challenge, has joined Toyota to direct and accelerate these research activities and their application to intelligent vehicles and robotics. Rather than fully autonomous vehicles (as in Google’s research), the program will initially focus on the acceleration of intelligent vehicle technology to help eliminate traffic casualties*, with the ultimate goal of helping improve quality of life through enhanced mobility and robotics, according to Kiyotaka Ise, who heads R&D at Toyota. Specific…


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