AI Experts Team Up
Executives at Toyota Motor say they will speed up research on artificial intelligence for use in self-driving vehicles. Toyota officials held a news conference in Las Vegas, where they unveiled the outline of a new AI research firm established in Silicon Valley this month.
The new team will include Google's former head of robotics, and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who studies self-driving technology. Its advisory body will include Rodney Brooks, a co-founder of iRobot, which makes autonomous vacuum cleaners.
Gill Pratt, CEO Toyota Research Institute, says "I'm extremely impressed how successful we've been attracting some top talents in the world to work for us. And we are hiring much more rapidly possibly we would. Quality is extremely high. So it's extremely good for us."
Toyota plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years on AI development. The AI systems will be used in self-driving technology to increase automobile safety, as well as in robot making.