Toyota funds AI, robotics research at Michigan campus

Toyota plans to fund research at the University of Michigan(Photo: ROBYN BECK, AFP/Getty Images) DETROIT — The Toyota Research Institute is giving $22 million to advance research on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan. The money will be spent over four years, and the work will be directed by robotics professors Ryan Eustice and Ed Olson, who will retain their part-time faculty positions. This is the latest step in the emerging private-public effort to establish southeast Michigan and Ann Arbor as a major hub for development of new modes of mobility and in-home robotics designed to help older citizens. A year ago, Mcity, a 32-acre simulated city and facility, opened on U-M’s North Campus where a variety of automakers, suppliers and telecommunications companies are testing…

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