Toyota Spends M on Self-Driving Car Research Centers

Toyota is spending $50 million on a pair of research centers that will develop technology for self-driving cars. It’s a joint project between the Japanese automaker and two U.S. colleges, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To head the effort, Toyota hired one of the biggest names in robotics: Gill Pratt, former program manger at DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). He spearheaded the DARPA Robotics Challenge, a competition that brought teams from around the world together to compete for $3.5 million in prize money. Now, he will be in charge of developing artificial intelligence meant to keep drivers safe in the autonomous cars of the future. Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), announced on Friday that her center would be…


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