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Toyota to set up artificial intelligence research unit in U.S

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A Toyota logo is seen in a showroom at a Toyota dealership in Warsaw
  • Reuters
  • 1 year ago

A Toyota logo is seen in a showroom at a Toyota dealership in Warsaw

Toyota Motor Corp said on Friday it will set up a research and development company with a focus on artificial intelligence in Silicon Valley, as competition to develop self-driving cars intensifies.

The world’s top-selling automaker plans to invest $1 billion in R&D over the next five years in a departure from its cautious stance on automated drive.

“I used to say, quite until recently, that we will go ahead with automated drive only if they beat humans in a 24-hour car race,” Toyota President Akio Toyoda told a news conference.

“But I changed my mind after I got involved with planning of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games (in Tokyo),” he said, explaining it opened his eyes to the need for cars for the disabled and elderly.

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