Toyota announced $1 billion investment in robotics research

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The ambitious project’s goals are to produce cars free of accidents but at the same time to support older people in homes with robotics and to provide robotic solutions for the health-care sector. At this time nothing more was disclosed. The Toyota Research Institute will be headed by Gill Pratt, a prominent expert on artificial intelligence who joined Toyota from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. “This is the first small step that allows us to go beyond automobiles and make use of the Toyota group’s potential by utilizing artificial intelligence,” Toyota President Akio Toyoda said.

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