march 02, 2018 - Toyota

Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) Established in Tokyo To Provide Fully-Integrated, Production-Quality Software For Automated Driving

Toyota will establish a new company in #tokyo in the latter part of this month named "Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development" (TRI-AD) that will accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving.

To enable the new efforts at TRI-AD, #toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. (Aisin), and Denso Corporation (Denso) have concluded a memorandum of understanding on joint development of fully-integrated, production-quality #software for automated driving. Going forward, the three companies will hold further discussions, aiming to conclude a concrete joint development contract.

Together, TMC, Aisin and Denso plan to invest more than 300 billion yen in TRI-AD. The new company is targeting a staff of approximately 1,000 employees, including external recruitment and staff from TMC, TRI, and #toyota Group Companies Aisin and Denso. #toyota is in the process of selecting a location in #tokyo that is competitive in terms of accessibility and recruitment.

Dr. James Kuffner, currently TRI Chief Technology Officer, will lead TRI-AD as its CEO.

"Building production-quality #software is a critical success factor for Toyota's automated driving program," said Dr. Kuffner. "This company's mission is to accelerate #software development in a more effective and disruptive way, by augmenting the #toyota Group's capability through the hiring of world-class #software engineers. We will recruit globally, and I am thrilled to lead this effort."

The #automotive industry is now in an era of profound transformation. High-quality #software development and big data from connected vehicles will be crucial to success. To respond to such changes, #toyota established #toyota Research Institute, Inc. (TRI) in North America in 2016 to conduct research in the areas of artificial intelligence, automated driving, and robotics.

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