Toyota to build artificial intelligence-based driving systems in 5 years

* TRI CEO Pratt: AI to enable cars to anticipate, avoid obstacles* Pratt sees ‘guardian angel’ functions planning evasive action* Sees possibility that Toyota may become robot maker in futureBy Naomi TajitsuTOKYO, June 20 Toyota Motor Corp is targeting developing in the next five years driver assistance systems that integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to improve vehicle safety, the head of its advanced research division said.Gill Pratt, CEO of recently set up Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the Japanese automaker’s research and development company that focuses on AI, said it aims to improve car safety by enabling vehicles to anticipate and avoid potential accident situations. Toyota has said the institute will spend $1 billion over the next five years, as competition to develop self-driving cars intensifies.Earlier this month, home rival Honda Motor…


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