Toyota invests heavily into robotics and artificial intelligence research for car safety

Toyota’s Research Institute (TRI) has announced a number of new artificial intelligence and robotics projects, including collaborations with MIT and Stanford University. The Japanese automaker’s research arm also plans to open new offices in Palo Alto, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. TRI was revealed this past November to bring fundamental research closer to actual product development. TRI’s CEO Gill Pratt introduced technical and the first TRI research programs at a press conference during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new efforts will be guided by a board of global corporate, scientific, and public policy leaders. The Research Institute is funded by an initial five-year, $1 billion investment to enhance the safety of vehicles. Toyota’s goal is to eventually create a car that is “incapable of causing a crash,” increase access to cars…


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