Toyota Wants Crash-Proof Cars, But Don’t Call Them ‘Self-Driving’

The Toyota Motor Company has been conspicuously absent from most of the buzz surrounding self-driving cars in recent years (not counting Google’s fleet of modified, self-driving Toyota Priuses). That’s for good reason—it doesn’t totally believe in them. Toyota has indicated all along that it would be focusing its efforts on advanced driver-assistance, rather than taking the wheel completely. So when Toyota announced earlier today that it was investing $50 million in a joint effort with Stanford University and MIT to broaden artificial intelligence technology in cars, it made complete sense. “Potentially even helping us develop a vehicle incapable of getting into a collision.”The company, which perhaps surprisingly owns the most patents related to autonomous driving among Japanese carmakers (according to a recent report at patent-tracking blog IPWatchdog.com), says this strategy…


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