Toyota Announces $50 Million Investment for Autonomous Car Research

Published by , September 7, 2015 11:50 am

(Steelers Lounge) — Toyota, the Japanese vehicle maker, announced it will invest approximately $50 million over the next five years to set up joint research centers for autonomous car research at Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Toyota also said Dr. Gill Pratt, former program manager at DARPA and leader of its recent Robotics Challenge, has joined Toyota to direct and accelerate these research activities and its application to intelligent vehicles and robotics.┬áThe Toyota-MIT-Stanford project will take place over the course of five years and, in addition to driving issues, will address robotics that could be used in the home for elder care.

Kiyotaka Ise, head of Toyota’s research and development group, said the initial focus of the new research centers will be on “helping eliminate traffic casualties.” The joint research centers will develop intelligent vehicles and other mobility technologies for a society that is aging and seeking new ways to move as well as cities increasingly challenged by traffic congestion.

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