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Thu Apr 7, 2016, 04:55 PM

 

Ann Arbor Picked For Third Toyota Research Institute Location

DETROIT, MI – Ann Arbor will be home to a third Toyota Research Institute, joining Massachusetts and Silicon Valley as locations for the Japanese automaker's research facilities.

The new TRI will be near the University of Michigan campus, where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science, Toyota said Thursday.

Toyota's other such TRI locations work with MIT in Cambridge, Mass. and Stanford University in California.

"Beyond the extraordinary work that U-M is doing broadly in advancing automotive safety research—and in autonomous driving, in particular-- Toyota has deep roots in the Ann Arbor community," Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, said Thursday in keynote remarks at the GPU Technology Conference.

She added that TRI was drawn to Ann Arbor because of the strength of the university, the utility of Mcity and the Mobility Transformation Center that Toyota sponsors, the potential of the American Center for mobility at Willow Run, and the close proximity to Toyota's technical centers in the area.

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