Toyota plunks down million to advance AI research in Michigan

RoadshowNewsCar IndustryToyota plunks down $22 million to advance AI research in MichiganToyota: Developing artificial intelligence that will hopefully not enslave humanity. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In an effort to take advantage of the next technological breakthrough, automakers are throwing piles of money at startups and researchers around the world. Toyota is about to expand its investment portfolio with a $22 million commitment to the University of Michigan for artificial intelligence research.Over four years, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will provide the University of Michigan with $22 million to be used for collaborations in a variety of fields, including driving safety, robotics, indoor mobility and — of course — autonomous driving.This isn’t Toyota’s first tango with UM. It’s a founding partner of the university’s Mobility Transformation Center, which operates Mcity, a 32-acre…


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