US: Toyota to collaborate with US universities on AI research

Toyota is to invest US$50m over the next five years in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research in partnership with the US academic institutions MIT and Stanford University. Toyota says the research and development of intelligent vehicle and mobility technologies will get a major boost from the new collaboration. Research will focus on object recognition, detailed situational analysis and other topics, with results to be applied in the company’s automobiles and robots. Toyota also said that Dr. Gill Pratt, former Program Manager at the US DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and leader of its recent Robotics Challenge, has joined Toyota to direct and accelerate these research activities and their application to intelligent vehicles and robotics. Kiyotaka Ise, TMC Senior Managing Officer and Chief Officer, R&D Group, said: “We’re here today to…

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