Dr. Gill Pratt from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology appointed as the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, Inc.

Toyota Research Institute expands its artificial intelligence technology team

Toyota Motor Corporation announced on March 9 that the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), which was established in the United States and conducts research and development for artificial intelligence technology, has hired a new development team for the autonomous passenger vehicles.

The 16 members of Jaybridge Robotics’ software engineering team will be joining Toyota. The Jaybridge team will be joining TRI’s facilities in Cambridge, MA. They will continue their research and work closely with their counterparts at TRI facilities worldwide, just like everyone else at TRI.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Jaybridge was founded in 2008. They have been developing automation of industrial vehicles in the agriculture, mining, marine, and rail industries. Jaybridge will remain an independent company and will continue to provide support to their existing clients.

TRI CEO Gill Pratt said: “TRI’s mission is to bridge the gap between research and product development in many areas, including artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous passenger vehicles. The 16 members of the Jaybridge team have been involved in the research and development of autonomous driving technology for many years now. Leveraging their expertise, they will be able to contribute in the research activities at TRI.

Jaybridge CEO Jeremy Brown said: “Jaybridge has historically limited its focus to industrial applications such as agriculture and mining. Meanwhile, TRI is going after the big one: helping to reduce the nearly 1.25 million traffic fatalities each year, worldwide. We couldn’t be more excited.”

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)