Toyota's new R&D company hires technical team

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  • Wednesday, 06 Jan 2016

Robot research: Toyota Motor Corp has hired a team of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots. — Reuters

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp's research and development company, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), said it hired a team of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots.

The world's top-selling automaker announced plans in November to set up TRI with a focus on developing artificial intelligence technologies such as self-driving cars.

TRI also named John Roos, former US Ambassador to Japan, as chairman of an advisory board that will guide its work.

Rodney Brooks, founder of robot maker iRobot Corp and former director of the MIT computer science and AI lab, was named deputy chairman of the board, TRI said at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show.

Eric Krotkov, former US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency programme manager, was appointed chief operating officer.

TRI, which also appointed other senior scientists and engineers, has said it plans to hire about 200 staff.

The firm said on Jan 5 that its two facilities, located in Palo Alto, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts will officially open this month.

Toyota, which plans to invest US$1bil (RM4.38bil) in research and development over the next five years, has identified and funded almost 30 initial research projects and project teams, TRI said. — Reuters

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