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Toyota Research Institute expands autonomous vehicle development team with addition of Jaybridge Robotics team

Toyota Research Institute (TRI) (earlier post) and Jaybridge Robotics announced that the Jaybridge Robotics software engineering team has joined TRI. Jaybridge Robotics focuses on the reliable automation of industrial vehicles, working with partners across a range of industrial applications including agriculture, mining, marine, and rail.

The former Jaybridge team has joined TRI’s Cambridge, Mass., facility. Like everyone else at TRI, they will be working closely with counterparts at TRI facilities across the U.S., as well as with partner Toyota research and development teams around the world.

TRI’s mission is to bridge the gap between research and product development in many areas, including artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous passenger vehicles. The 16-member Jaybridge team brings decades of experience developing, testing, and supporting autonomous vehicle products which perfectly complements the world-class research team at TRI.

—TRI CEO Gill Pratt

Where Jaybridge has historically limited its focus to industrial applications such as agriculture and mining, TRI is going after the big one: helping to reduce the nearly 1.25 million traffic fatalities each year, worldwide. We couldn't be more excited.

—Jaybridge CEO Jeremy Brown

First announced in November 2015, TRI is a research and development enterprise designed to bridge the gap between fundamental research and product development. Funded by an initial five-year, $1-billion investment, it has been launched with mandates to enhance the safety of automobiles, with the ultimate goal of creating a car that is incapable of causing a crash; increase access to cars to those who otherwise cannot drive, including those with special needs and seniors; help translate outdoor mobility technology into products for indoor mobility; and accelerate scientific discovery by applying techniques from artificial intelligence and machine learning.


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