Toyota invests billion stateside in artificial intelligence research

Toyota is investing a billion dollars in two U.S. facilities to develop artificial intelligence that could be used in self-driving cars, the Associated Press reported on Friday. The first facility, located in Silicon Valley, will open next year, and a second will follow near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The money will be spent over the course of five years, according to the AP. ADVERTISEMENT The company reportedly views its investment as going beyond autonomous vehicles, a growing business, and into other areas of robotics and artificial intelligence. It previously announced a $50 million investment in research at Stanford and MIT. Toyota joins several competitors in the auto industry — including General Motors and Ford — as well as tech giants like Google and Uber in developing self-driving car technology. Their efforts…

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