Auto briefs: kangaroo avoidance, corn maze, robotics

An artificial intelligence endeavor, a donation to a student robotics competition, an effort to help Australian drivers avoid collisions with kangaroos, and a corn maze inspired by a truck were among the items being promoted by automakers recently.Toyota has announced that it will establish a new company, Toyota Research Institute Inc., to focus on research and development in the fields of artificial intelligence and robotics. The goal of the company will be to improve vehicle safety, make driving more accessible, and support mobility among senior citizens. Toyota says the company will begin operations in January 2016, and that $1 billion will be invested in it over the next five years. The headquarters of Toyota Research Institute Inc. will be located in Silicon Valley, and a second facility will be based…

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