Toyota Invests In Artificial-Intelligence Company

Shutterstock photo By Takashi Mochizuki (FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 12/18/15) TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. is acquiring a stake in Tokyo-based machine-learning venture Preferred Networks Inc., the latest sign that the world’s largest auto maker by sales is accelerating its development of self-driving cars. “This will strengthen our partnership as our collaboration has begun to show various results,” said Kenichi Murata, a Toyota engineer heading the company’s connected car research. Toyota aims to make some of its cars fully self-driving on highways by around 2020, meaning vehicles would get on and off the highways and change lanes without driver input. That would be a step forward from the current so-called advanced driver assistance system, which helps drivers maintain an adequate distance between cars and park smoothly. The purchase price…


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