Report: Toyota, Tohoku Univ opening R&D center in Miyagi
15 April 2012
The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp. and Tohoku University will jointly establish an R&D center for advanced automotive technology by the end of this month on an idle Sony Corp. factory site in Miyagi Prefecture.
The project will be headed by Toyota unit Kanto Auto Works Ltd., which manufactures the Aqua compact hybrid in Iwate Prefecture, and the New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, which is run in a collaborative effort between the automotive industry and Tohoku University.
The new center will work on ways to integrate Toyota’s expertise in design and control systems with the university’s latest technology in the fields of electricity, IT and materials. It will also seek partnerships with small local companies to produce prototypes based on the research.
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