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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.

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“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.”


Toyota Readies Robot to Help Healthcare Workers

Honda continues development of ASIMO.

by on Jul.31, 2015

Toyota will begin using its Human Service Robot in trials with healthcare workers to see if they are viable.

And now we all know where the real-life version of the movie iRobot begins … with the introduction of Toyota’s Human Service Robot or HSR.

In the aforementioned film, humans become reliant upon robots to handle life’s mundane responsibilities. The end result is that the robots view humans as a problem begin to implement a plan to rid the planet of them. That’s when Will Smith comes in, sans DJ Jazzy Jeff, and saves the world.

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Toyota’s HSR isn’t anywhere near that level of ability or pervasiveness, with its highly maneuverable, compact, and lightweight cylindrical body and folding arm, the HSR can pick objects up off the floor, retrieve objects from shelves, and perform a variety of other tasks. (more…)