Toyota Research Institute (“TRI”) entered into a research partnership with the University of Michigan. The TRI/UM partnership undertakes research in four thrusts: Autonomous Driving, Enhanced Automotive Safety, Indoor Mobility, and Accelerated Materials Design and Discovery.
TRI established an Ann Arbor office in 2016 because of the broad strengths of the university and the region, particularly in areas related to the emergence of high-level driver-assist systems, eventually leading to fully autonomous vehicles. TRI will also be near two well-established Toyota Technical Center campuses.
The partnership builds on Toyota’s strong and active presence in the Ann Arbor community. The two local Toyota Technical Centers have long worked with U-M on safety research. Toyota is a founding partner of UM’s Mcity, an interdisciplinary public-private research and development initiative that is developing the foundation for a commercially viable ecosystem of connected and automated vehicles.
Every year, TRI invites proposals from UM in the areas of machine intelligence applied to robotics, self driving cars, and automative safety. The research projects and faculty engaged in the TRI/UM partnership are listed below.
More information about the partnership agreement between UM and TRI can be found at http://corporatenews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/tri-university-michigan-accelerate-ai-research.htm.