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Η Toyota τον Νοέμβριο του 2015 ανακοίνωσε πως θα επενδύσει 1 δισεκατομμύριο δολάρια σε διάστημα πέντε ετών για τη δημιουργία μιας νέας εταιρείας τεχνητής νοημοσύνης και ρομποτικής έρευνας. Η εταιρεία ονομάστηκε Toyota Research Institute και θα έχει βάση στη Silicon Valley, με διευθύνοντα σύμβουλο τον Gill Pratt, ο οποίος εργαζόταν στο τμήμα ρομποτικής του Υπουργείου Εθνικής Άμυνας των ΗΠΑ και εντάχθηκε στην Toyota μέσα στο 2015.

Τώρα η εταιρία ανακοίνωσε πως έχει προσλάβει μερικούς κορυφαίους επιστήμονες του χώρου, όπως μηχανικούς της Google Robotics, του MIT, του Stanford, της Walt Disney Imagineering, και πρώην στελέχη της DARPA. Στόχος των ανθρώπων της εταιρίας είναι το να δημιουργήσουν ένα αυτοκίνητο που δεν θα μπορεί να είναι υπεύθυνο για ένα ατύχημα αλλά και που θα μπορεί να μεταφέρει με ασφάλεια άτομα με κινητικά προβλήματα. Η εταιρεία θα επικεντρωθεί στην έρευνα και την ανάπτυξη σχετικά με την τεχνητή νοημοσύνη και την ρομποτική, που θα μπορούσε να εφαρμοστεί στα αυτοκίνητα, όπως τεχνολογίες αυτόνομης οδήγησης και ασφάλειας επιβαινόντων ή την ενθάρρυνση ηλικιωμένων να συνεχίσουν να οδηγούν.

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Στην CES η Toyota ανακοίνωσε και στην συνεργασία της με την Livio για την δημιουργία ενός συστήματος τηλεματικής με χρήση SmartDeviceLink (SDL). Η πλατφόρμα ανοικτού κώδικα για εφαρμογές smartphone, επιτρέπει στους ανθρώπους να χρησιμοποιούν τις εφαρμογές των έξυπνων κινητών τους τηλεφώνων, μέσω των συστημάτων του αυτοκινήτου, είτε μέσω της οθόνης του συστήματος ενημέρωσης και ψυχαγωγίας, είτε μέσω της αναγνώρισης φωνής.

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TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES ALL-STAR LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND ROBOTICS RESEARCH

Technical and advisory teams will guide and drive proprietary and academic research portfolio

Almost thirty new projects launched through collaborative research partnership with MIT and Stanford

New offices open in Palo Alto, CA and Cambridge, MA

Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2016 ― The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) today announced the hiring of its technical leadership team, bringing together an all-star group of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots. TRI CEO Gill Pratt introduced the technical team and initial TRI research programs in a press conference at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to the technical team, TRI work will be guided by an Advisory Board of corporate, scientific and public policy leaders from around the world.

First announced in November 2015, TRI is a research and development enterprise designed to bridge the gap between fundamental research and product development. Funded by an initial five-year, $1 billion investment, it has been launched with mandates to enhance the safety of automobiles, with the ultimate goal of creating a car that cannot be responsible for a collision; increase access to cars to those who otherwise cannot drive, including the handicapped and the elderly; help translate outdoor mobility technology into products for indoor mobility; and accelerate scientific discovery by applying techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“While the most important technology for enhancing human mobility has traditionally been hardware, today software and data are increasingly essential,” said Gill Pratt, Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of TRI. “Our leadership team brings decades of experience in pushing the boundaries of human knowledge in computer science and robotics, but we are only getting started. The scale of Toyota’s commitment reflects our belief in the importance of developing safe and reliable automated mobility systems. Simply put, we believe we can significantly improve the quality of life for all people, regardless of age, with mobility products in all aspects of life.”

The initial technical team includes: – Eric Krotkov, Former DARPA Program Manager – Chief Operating Officer – Larry Jackel, Former Bell Labs Department Head and DARPA Program Manager – Machine Learning – James Kuffner, Former head of Google Robotics – Cloud Computing – John Leonard, Samuel C. Collins Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, MIT – Autonomous Driving – Hiroshi Okajima, Project General Manager, R&D Management Division, Toyota Motor Corporation – Executive Liaison Officer – Brian Storey, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olin College of Engineering – Accelerating Scientific Discovery – Russ Tedrake, Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT – Simulation and Control

Professors Tedrake, Leonard and Storey will work part time with TRI and continue in their university roles.

The Advisory Board will be made up of a range of outside experts including: – John Roos, former CEO of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati, and former US Ambassador to Japan – Chairman – Rodney Brooks, former director of the MIT Computer Science and AI Lab, founder of iRobot and Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics – Deputy Chairman – Richard Danzig, Former U.S. Navy Secretary – Bran Ferren, former President of R & D at Walt Disney Imagineering and Chief Creative Officer of Applied Minds – Fei-Fei Li, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL) – Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

The hiring announcement comes as TRI is moving quickly to launch its research and development programs. Two new facilities, one in Palo Alto, CA and the other in Cambridge, MA officially open in January. The two offices are located within ten-minute bike rides and walks to the Stanford and MIT campuses and will further accelerate TRI’s partnership with both universities.

Toyota has already committed $50 million over the next five years to support collaborative research into artificial intelligence and robotics research at Stanford and MIT. The program has identified and funded almost thirty initial research projects and project teams.