Toyota pledges million autonomous auto investment

Additionally, Toyota has hired Gill Pratt, a leading roboticist and the former program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to oversee the project. Instead, Toyota envisions cars becoming gradually smarter and more independent of humans as its own engineers and the research centers at Stanford and MIT discover breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and robotics. Toyota Motor Co. (TM) has been working on autonomous driving technology for about 20 years, but it was known as “advanced driving support” back in the 1990s, Ise said. Toyota will focus on creating “human-centric systems” that are supplemented by technology, Pratt said Friday at a press conference in Palo Alto, California. He says the research is “targeted at improving the ability of intelligent vehicle technologies to recognize objects around the vehicle in…

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