Toyota Pledges Additional Million For Autonomous Vehicles

It will go towards artificial intelligence and mobility devices for the blind in addition to cars. Like several other automakers, Toyota has concentrated much of its autonomous vehicle research in Michigan, the heart of the American auto industry. This week it announced it is expanding efforts there with a new partnership with the University of Michigan, whose faculty will get $22 million over four years from the Japanese automaker. Besides autonomous cars, the money will also go towards robotics and indoor mobility devices, like stair-climbing wheelchairs and wearable cameras that help a blind person understand his or her surroundings. Even before the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) opened its doors last fall to build self-driving car tech, Michigan was already the site of Toyota’s other artificial intelligence and robotics research. The…

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