TOYOTA is to establish a new company in Tokyo named Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development (TRI-AD) that will accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving.

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. The companies say they 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 ($AU3.6 billion) in TRI-AD.

The automotive industry is now in an era of profound transformation. Highquality 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.

“Building production-quality software is a critical success factor for Toyota’s automated driving program,” said Dr. James Kuffner, current TRI Chief Technology Officer, who will lead TRIAD
as its CEO.

“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 worldclass
software engineers. We will recruit globally, and I am thrilled to lead this effort.”

8 Mar 2018 

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