Toyota investing $50 million in artificial intelligence for cars

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Toyota investing $50 million in artificial intelligence for cars

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At a press conference in Palo Alto Friday, “>Toyota announced it is investing $50 million and partnering with Stanford and MIT to “accelerate” artificial intelligence research as it relates to self-driving vehicles.

Toyota investing $50 million in artificial intelligence for cars

 

The company also announced it had tapped Dr. Gill Pratt, who lead the Robotics Challenge at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to lead the project.

The primary goal of this research, according to Toyota’s Senior Managing Officer Kiyotaka Ise, is to help “eliminate traffic casualties,” especially among the elderly.

“As we age, mobility becomes more challenging, and larger segments of society are unable to drive or move freely,” said Toyota’s press release.

Those goals are shared by Volvo, which claims it can eliminate all deaths in its cars by the end of the decade.

While $50 million isn’t a huge number in the world of automotive R&D, it’s not insignificant either. Dr. Pratt’s hiring also seems to indicate Toyota is taking this project seriously. Dr. Pratt’s hiring also seems to indicate Toyota is taking this project seriously. He says the research is “targeted at improving the ability of intelligent vehicle technologies to recognize objects around the vehicle in diverse environments, provide elevated judgment of surrounding conditions, and safely collaborate with vehicle occupants, other vehicles, and pedestrians.”

Professor Daniela Rus, who recently led a project to test self-driving golf carts in Singapore, will lead the research center at MIT.

The announcement comes at a time when much of the tech and car industries are focused on fully autonomous cars. Google has been developing self-driving cars, as are Apple and Uber.

Traditional automakers developing some form of self-driving cars include Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which recently acquired Nokia’s Here mapping unit, Ford, Volvo and of course Elon Musk’sTesla.

insignificant either. Dr. Pratt’s hiring also seems to indicate Toyota is taking this project seriously. Dr. Pratt’s hiring also seems to indicate Toyota is taking this project seriously. He says the research is “targeted at improving the ability of intelligent vehicle technologies to recognize objects around the vehicle in diverse environments, provide elevated judgment of surrounding conditions, and safely collaborate with vehicle occupants, other vehicles, and pedestrians.”

Professor Daniela Rus, who recently led a project to test self-driving golf carts in Singapore, will lead the research center at MIT.

The announcement comes at a time when much of the tech and car industries are focused on fully autonomous cars. Google has been developing self-driving cars, as are Apple and Uber.

Traditional automakers developing some form of self-driving cars include Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which recently acquired Nokia’s Here mapping unit, Ford, Volvo and of course Elon Musk’sTesla.

Source – http://mashable.com/2015/09/04/toyota-research-artificial-intelligence/

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