At this year’s CES16, which opened its doors in Las Vegas on January 5, Toyota unveiled the structure and progress of its newly established Toyota Research Institute, Inc. (TRI) AI research and development center.
In September 2015, Toyota announced a research partnership on AI technology with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the show in Las Vegas, it revealed that it had established two TRI facilities, in Palo Alto, California, for Stanford, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, for MIT.
Toyota said, “We hope to build even stronger ties between our research facilities and these educational institutions.”
TRI currently has $1,000,000,000 in investment funds for a 5-year period and it has four goals for its AI research. The first is to produce cars with improved safety features that can prevent accidents as much as possible. The second is to make cares more convenient by offering a wide array of features that appeal to a wide range of demographics. The third is to develop an interior robot to use for mobility technology. The fourth is to accelerate experience and knowledge in AI and machine learning, as well as research into their science and principles.
Toyota continues to move forward with a total of 30 projects to officially begin this research in collaboration with Stanford and MIT.
(Translated by Greg Scott)