【丰田投入10亿美元开发新人工智能】

【丰田投入10亿美元开发新人工智能】随着丰田研究院在硅谷推出,该公司希望发展人工智能作为车辆的基础技术,降低汽车将在事故中所涉及的可能性;不管能力高低每人都能掌握驾驶技能;同时将丰田的室外技术应用到室内环境中,以帮助老年人生活。丰田计划于2016年1月应用此技术。

Toyota allots $1 billion to develop new AI, robotics technologies
With the launch of the Toyota Research Institute in Silicon Valley, the automaker hopes to develop advanced vehicle-based technologies that could also someday assist the elderly.
Natalie Gagliordi
By Natalie Gagliordi for Between the Lines | November 6, 2015 -- 19:53 GMT (03:53 GMT+08:00) | Topic: Innovation
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The Toyota Motor Corporation is doubling down on its commitment to develop advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics systems.

The Japanese automaker said Friday it is launching the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), a business unit dedicated to building out advanced vehicle-based technologies that will make automobiles safer to drive.

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To support these efforts, Toyota plans to pump $1 billion into TRI over the next five years, as well as establish a new headquarters for the company near Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, with a secondary facility near MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Toyota originally announced research partnerships with the universities in early September, along with an initial investment of $50 million. At the time, Gill Pratt, a leading roboticist and the former program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), joined Toyota to oversee the project.

Pratt is now slated to become the director of the TRI. In a statement, Pratt said Toyota has three main goals with the massive funding and research endeavor:

improve safety by continuously decreasing the likelihood that a car will be involved in an accident;
make driving accessible to everyone, regardless of ability;
apply Toyota technology used for outdoor mobility to indoor environments, particularly for the support of seniors.
Pratt said Toyota will also work to apply the research and technology more broadly "to improve production efficiency and accelerate scientific discovery in materials."

The third goal regarding senior citizens may come as a surprise, but Toyota has been working on the development of robotic helpers for the aging population for several years now. For instance, the automaker successfully developed the Human Support Robot to help the disabled or elderly live independently, as well as a range of prototype bots with the same goal.

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Looking back to the automotive side, it's clear Toyota's AI all follows the similar theme of human assistance. Unlike Google or Uber, Toyota is steering its research

toward technologies that will aid human drivers, rather than replace them altogether.

For example, if a driver becomes distracted and begins to veer into another lane toward another vehicle, the intelligent vehicle system would sense the surroundings and correct the vehicle's trajectory. Toyota and its researchers see this type of driver-assistant technology as more attainable in the short term compared to full blown autonomous vehicles.

Toyota plans to have the new company up and running in January 2016.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/toyota-allots-1-billion-to-develop-new-ai-robotics-technologies/


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