It seems like an unlikely alliance but it isn’t, Toyota together with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University are developing artificial intelligence in a joint research alliance that will see Toyota invest $50 million of its own dollars.
In a statement Toyota said “We will initially focus on the acceleration of intelligent vehicle technology, with the immediate goal of helping eliminate traffic casualties and the ultimate goal of helping improve quality of life through enhanced mobility and robotics.”
Researchers at these prestigious research campuses will focus on developing software that can imitate human driving judgments and collaborate with on board passengers to also avoid and recognise objects.
The director of Standford University’s AI Laboratory, Fei-Fei Li, said “We understand the importance of this technology, and we know that competition from other automakers and technology companies is increasing,” Ise said at the event. “Today’s announcement is the beginning of unprecedecented commitment by Toyota to artificial intelligence and robotics technology research for years to come.”
The overall goal of the research project is to create autonomous machines with the ultimate goal of eliminating collisions without eliminating the experience of “fun” driving no matter what their age or physical condition.
In other words Toyota are developing another expensive addition to the option’s list.