The Newly formed Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced the technical leadership team and advisory board.
This means that Toyota is serious about Self Driving Cars and not going to allow Google or Apple to upstage development, the technology, or production.
Toyota has a billion-dollar plan to develop artificial intelligence technology that underpins self-driving cars.
Here are the initial members of the TRI technical team:
Eric Krotkov, Former DARPA Program Manager―Chief Operating Officer
Larry Jackel, Former Bell Labs Department Head and DARPA Program Manager―Machine Learning
James Kuffner, CMU Professor and 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
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