Toyota to invest bn in Silicon Valley artificial intelligence facility

Toyota is to invest $1bn (£660m) into the research and development of artificial intelligence (AI) at a new Silicon Valley facility over the next five years. The company will use this new home, close to Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, to work to improve road safety with AI. Toyota’s plans for the facility are vague for now, but the company has said it wants to decrease the likelihood of cars having accidents, while also making driving accessible to everyone, regardless of their physical ability to drive a conventional vehicle. This makes it seem very likely that Toyota is working towards the same autonomous future as its California neighbour Google. The facility, called Toyota Research Institute (TRI), will be directed by Dr Gill Pratt, an executive technical adviser at the…


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