Toyota plans research hub for autonomous vehicles in Michigan

Toyota’s in-house r&d division is setting up shop in Michigan. The Toyota Research Institute said Thursday that it will open an “autonomous vehicle research base” in Ann Arbor, Mich., in conjunction with the University of Michigan. It’s Toyota’s third such facility in the U.S. tied to elite universities specializing in artificial intelligence and self-driving vehicles: TRI already has centers with MIT in Cambridge, Mass., and Silicon Valley with Stanford University. “Beyond the extraordinary work that the U-M is doing broadly in advancing automotive safety research — and in autonomous driving, in particular — Toyota has deep roots in the Ann Arbor community,” Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, said ahead of the announcement, which he made during a keynote address at a conference in Silicon Valley. Eustice The Ann Arbor location…


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