Toyota invests million with Stanford, MIT to develop vehicle AI

The Toyota Motor Corporation is investing $50 million with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to accelerate the development intelligent vehicle technologies. The automaker will use the investment over the next five years to establish joint research facilities at each university with the hopes of building out vehicle-based artificial intelligence and robotics in a way that will make automobiles safer to drive. Additionally, Toyota has hired Gill Pratt, a leading roboticist and the former program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to oversee the project. Kiyotaka Ise, head of Toyota’s research and development group, said the initial focus of the research effort will be on “helping eliminate traffic casualties” through enhanced mobility and robotics. Toyota, unlike Google, is steering its research toward technologies that will…


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