TRI made 14 new project awards representing a $6 million investment in the second year of a research program established under the 2016 research partnership between the University of Michigan and Toyota Research Institute (TRI).

Under the research agreement, TRI is providing an initial $22 million over four years for research collaborations with the U-M faculty in the areas of enhanced driving safety, partner robotics and indoor mobility, autonomous driving and student learning and diversity.

TRI and U-M issued a broad call for proposals from faculty across the university to address challenges in mobility, safety and home robotics, and these projects are the result of an extensive review of the submitted proposals. These additional funding awards represent a continuation of the long-term U-M and TRI partnership, deepening the research connection between the two organizations.

TRI is funding research in wide range of mobility applications, from mathematical methods to design and control versatile soft robots for elder care to studying how bicycles interact with autonomous vehicles at intersections.

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The UM and TRI project website showcases the projects, researchers, and publications involved in this unique collaborative relationship.

“Together, we are exploring technology breakthroughs that could make driving safer and increase access to mobility,” said John Leonard, vice president of automated driving research at TRI. “Our research has potential to help reduce the nearly 40,000 traffic fatalities annually on U.S. roads and directly impact the quality of human life for an aging society.”

More information about the partnership, projects, faculty members, and resulting publications can be found at

Toyota is also a founding Leadership Circle partner in Mcity and an extensive supporter of student initiatives across campus.