Toyota Research Institute to open facility in Michigan

More big moves at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI): CEO Gill Pratt announced that the carmaker’s $1bn dollar artificial intelligence and robotics initiative would open a third facility, this one in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The announcement came at Nvidia’s GPU Tech Conference in San Jose and follows a period of early growth for TRI, which last month absorbed Massachusetts-based Jaybridge Robotics and already has two research facilities, one in California and one in Massachusetts. “Beyond the extraordinary work that 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,” said Pratt. Last November, Toyota announced an initial five-year, $1bn investment in TRI, which will be a research and development enterprise designed to bridge the gap between…


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