Toyota partners with MIT, Stanford in ‘intelligent’ cars project

Toyota has announced that it is collaborating with Stanford University and MIT to develop so-called intelligent cars instead of autonomous vehicles. This is said to be a $50 million research project, and it will be directed by now-former DARPA researcher Gill Pratt. Toyota’s goal isn’t to remove the human element from its vehicles, but rather make those humans better drivers. After all, most accidents are due to human error, and even present self-driving cars can blame human operators for their (infrequent) accidents. The auto maker made the announcement today. With this project, Toyota is aiming to use artificial intelligence technologies to monitor and aid a human driver instead of having the AI take over the driving task itself. And while some can’t wait until the day comes when their car…


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