With an Eye on Profits, Another Car Company Gives Big for Campus Research

The race is intensifying to build self-driving cars, and artificial intelligence research has become a hot commodity. Automakers like Toyota are cozying up to top schools, including with a recent $22 million grant to University of Michigan.  Researchers are rapidly developing vehicles that are either fully self-driving or use artificial intelligence to assist driving. Billions are being poured into AI, robotics, optics, and mapping research, and not just from Google, Apple and Tesla—major automakers, cities, even the federal government are deeply invested in how this all unfolds. In one sense, it’s a race between Silicon Valley and the automakers, as the latter try to catch up with companies like Google, which employs or otherwise funds a small nation of software developers.  Related:   To close the gap, one of the many…


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