Intelligent Cars

Intelligent Cars

A car commercial of the future shows a driverless minivan tearing around the curves of an unfamiliar, mist-shrouded mountain road, its front seats notably empty.  Children sleep trustingly inside as the minivan confidently steers itself around a sharp bend.  Suddenly, a dark object drops out of the air and plummets...

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Autonomous Driving: How Safe is Safe Enough?

Autonomous Driving: How Safe is Safe Enough?

My thoughts here reflect on findings from a few key research projects that we and our partners have been conducting this past year at Toyota Research Center (TRI). To provide a bit of context, TRI’s mission is focused on Artificial Intelligence and includes four goals: First, to greatly enhance vehicle safety and...

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Big Data and Your Driverless Future

Big Data and Your Driverless Future

Early in 2016, GM invested $500M in ridesharing company Lyft and reportedly paid close to $1 billion to acquire Cruise Automation, a 40-employee, Silicon Valley-based, venture-funded startup that was developing driverless vehicle technology. A few months earlier Toyota had announced that it would invest $1 billion on artificial intelligence research,...

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