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From the Editor: Special Report on Toyota Research Institute (TRI) in Silicon Valley

FROM THE EDITOR 2019.07.25

Led by Dr. Gill Pratt, TRI is building a new approach to mobility and is pioneering the capabilities that will help drive Toyota’s future through automated driving, robotics, and other human amplification technology. This includes providing technology to build a car that is incapable of causing a crash, regardless of the skill or condition of the driver, and providing automated driving technology for those who cannot drive, including the elderly and individuals with special needs.

TRI’s research takes place across three U.S. locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Los Altos (Silicon Valley), California. Automated Driving, Robotics, and other Human Amplification technology for Toyota.

To better understand TRI and its leading-edge AI research, Editor-in-Chief Teruyuki Kagawa visited the Silicon Valley office. His quest to learn more included questions such as: “What lies ahead in this fusion of Toyota and Silicon Valley?” and “Where is Toyota’s automated driving heading?” To find out, Kagawa decided to “go and see,” and shared his impressions in this video report.

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