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Toyota Teams up with University of Michigan to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Hunt

Smart cars = safer cars.

by on Aug.10, 2016

Toyota is already working with U-Mich at MCity, an autonomous vehicle test track.

Toyota is expanding its effort to develop advanced artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving technologies by teaming up with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

The $22 million project is the latest in a series of collaborative efforts Toyota has launched since setting up its own Toyota Research Institute a year ago. The Japanese maker, reversing a long-standing reluctance to develop autonomous vehicles, has also established close ties with Silicon Valley’s Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Your Auto Insider!

“We look forward to collaborating with U-M’s research faculty and students to develop new intelligent technologies that will help drivers travel more safely, securely and efficiently,” said Gill Pratt, the head of the Toyota research program. “We will also focus on expanding the benefit of mobility technology to in-home support of older persons and those with special needs.” (more…)

Toyota Partnership Could Give Connected Drivers All the Bandwidth They Can Use

New car-satellite antenna could be the answer to data-hungry connected cars.

by on Jan.12, 2016

Toyota is using a Mirai fuel-cell vehicle to test out the Kymeta satellite antennas.

Bandwidth. In an era of connected cars, you can never get enough. And the number of 1s and 0s tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles will consume could grow exponentially, according to technology specialists.

Even with 5G, the next generation of cellphone technology, looming on the horizon, that may not be enough. But Toyota thinks it may have found an answer in the form of Kymeta Corp., a Washington State-based technology company that is developing a new type of satellite antenna that could deliver massive amounts to data to moving vehicles.

Your Data Source!

The challenge is to come up with a “secure, high-bandwidth communications system” that will work in a car, said Toyota Senior Managing Director Shigeki Tomoyama, during a news conference at the North American International Auto Show.


Toyota Launches MIT/Stanford Collaboration to Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics

Project also could assist elderly to live independent later in life.

by on Sep.04, 2015

The new Toyota/Stanford/MIT project will focus not only on autonomous vehicles but robotics, including those for medical applications.

Toyota will invest $50 million in a new joint project with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to advance the development of artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and robotics.

While the project could eventually lead to fully autonomous vehicles, the more immediate goal is to assist human drivers to be not only safer but also to allow them to drive later in life. The project also should have applications outside the automotive environment, stressed participants in the project during a news conference in Silicon Valley. Among other things, they hope to use robotics to allow people to live more independently, even in the latter years of life.

The Last Word!

“We believe this research will transform the future of mobility, improving safety, reducing traffic congestion and improving the quality of life for everyone,” said Toyota Managing Office Kiyotaka Ise, who added, “It will extend well beyond cars.”