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Dr. Gill Pratt Interviewed on Autonocast

September 12, 2017

TRI CEO Dr. Gill Pratt was a featured guest on the Autonocast podcast, hosted by Alex Roy and Edward Niedermeyer.  Listen »


TRI's Chief Technology Officer Dr. James Kuffner presented Toyota's autonomous research vehicle to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao during an event to announce U.S. DOT's new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS):  "A Vision for Safety 2.0." 


The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has made a $22 million commitment to partner with the University of Michigan on research. As part of the research agreement, TRI committed to support the University through philanthropy, starting with a $1 million gift to help with diversity in the research pipeline through building diverse and inclusive programs at the College of Engineering. Read more »   

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TRI's vice president of autonomous driving Dr. Ryan Eustice delivered a presentation at the Center for Automotive Research's (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars (MBS) on the hurdles that still need to be overcome for achieving fully autonomous vehicles.

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Toyota to Collaborate with the American Center for Mobility

July 31, 2017

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced their intent to support the American Center for Mobility (ACM) as a Founder-level sponsor with a $5 million contribution. As an ACM contributor, Toyota will be a member of a government-industry team which supports ACM initiatives to create a large-scale test environment in Southeast Michigan where various companies can test their Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies. Read more » 


On March 3rd, 2017, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) invited Silicon Valley’s brightest to compete in a fuel efficiency competition called the Prius Challenge. Watch the video »


TRI is investing an initial $100 million to launch Toyota AI Ventures, a new corporate venture capital subsidiary designed to provide early-stage financing to startup technology companies. TRI launches the venture by contributing initial investments it has made in three technology companies: Nauto, SLAMcore and Intuition Robotics.  Read more » 

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TRI Vice President of Data and Business Development Jim Adler was featured at Draper Nexus' InsuranceX series session titled "Preparing for Autonomy," held on June 28.  In a panel on "When/How is Autonomy Coming?," he outlined how self-driving cars would go mainstream and how the automotive industry is transforming to compete with "data native” market entrants.  This invitation-only event led by Draper Nexus, a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm, connected the insurance community to tech players large and small.


Toyota Research Institute Explores Blockchain Technology for Development of New Mobility Ecosystem

May 22, 2017

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology (BC/DL) for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology. TRI is collaborating with the MIT Media Lab (MIT ML) and other industry partners to foster a digital environment where users – both businesses and consumers – may securely share driving and autonomous vehicle testing data, manage ride-share and car-share transactions and store vehicle usage information that could be used in the setting of insurance rates. Read more »


Transcript of TRI Chief Technology Officer Dr. James Kuffner’s presentation at the 2017 Meeting of the Minds Read »

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A broad cross-section of the Silicon Valley community participated in Toyota Onramp 2017, an annual event hosted by TRI.  Read more »

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Ryan Eustice, vice president of autonomous driving for TRI, will help shape Michigan regulatory policy as autonomous vehicle technology develops.  Read more »


Congressional statement by TRI CEO Dr. Gill Pratt about “Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment." Read »


2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) Press Conference - Dr. Gill Pratt

January 04, 2017

Presentation by TRI CEO Dr. Gill Pratt. Watch »


Dr. Edwin Olson, Professor at the University of Michigan and Co-Director of Autonomous Driving for Toyota Research Institute will be starting a spin-off company this year in the area of autonomous vehicles for enterprise. Read more »


Toyota and Open Source Robotics Foundation to Partner on Robotics and Automated Vehicle Research

September 15, 2016

TRI joins forces with the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) and its newly-formed for profit subsidiary Open Source Robotics Corporation (OSRC) to expand the development of both open source and proprietary tools for Toyota’s fast-growing robotics and automated vehicle research initiatives. Read more »


TRI Partners with University of Michigan to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Research

August 10, 2016

Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan (U-M) will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from TRI. Read more »


Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt talks about how robots, supercomputers and cars are coming together at GTC16 in San Jose on April 7, 2016.... Read more via Reuters »


Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt talks about how robots, supercomputers and cars are coming together at GTC16 in San Jose on April 7, 2016.... Read more via Bloomberg »


Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt talks about how robots, supercomputers and cars are coming together at GTC16 in San Jose on April 7, 2016.... Read more »



SAN JOSE (April 7, 2016) -- Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), announced today that Toyota will establish its third TRI facility in the U.S. The new facility will be located in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan (U-M) campus where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science.  Joining the TRI facility established last January in Palo Alto working with Stanford (TRI-PAL), and in Cambridge working with MIT (TRI-CAM), TRI-ANN is scheduled to open in June and target a staff of approximately 50.... Read more »


Cambridge, Mass., March 9, 2016 -- Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Jaybridge Robotics announced today that the Jaybridge Robotics software engineering team has joined TRI... Read more »


Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016.... Read more »



Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016 -- The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) today announced the hiring of its technical leadership team, bringing together an all-star group of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots. TRI CEO Gill Pratt introduced the technical team and initial TRI research programs in a press conference at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show. In addition to the technical team, TRI work will be guided by an Advisory Board of corporate, scientific and public policy leaders from around the world.... Read more »


TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2015) – Toyota will announce new details on its plans for research leveraging artificial intelligence at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.... Read more »


Toyota Will Establish New Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Company

November 05, 2015

Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 6, 2015 -- At a press conference today, Toyota Motor Corporation announced it will establish a new company, Toyota Research Institute Inc. (TRI), as an R&D enterprise with an initial focus on artificial intelligence and robotics. The headquarters will be located in Silicon Valley near Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, U.S.A. A second facility will be located near the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. The new company will begin operations in January 2016.... Read more »