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Toyota to establish a company dedicated to development of software for automated driving

Toyota to accelerate its efforts in advanced development for automated driving will establish a new company named “Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development” (TRI-AD) in Tokyo in the latter part of this month.

To enable the new efforts at TRI-AD, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has joined hands with Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. (Aisin), and Denso Corporation (Denso). The three companies have concluded a memorandum of understanding on the joint development of fully-integrated, production-quality software for automated driving.

The key objectives of the new company include the following:

  1. Create a smooth software pipeline from research-to-commercialization, leveraging data-handling capabilities.
  2. Strengthen coordination with TRI and efficiently link research results to product development.
  3. Strengthen the collaboration within the Toyota Group in the domains of research and advanced development.
  4. Recruit and employ top-level engineers globally, while cultivating and coordinating the strong talent within the Toyota Group.

Together, TMC, Aisin, and Denso plan to invest more than 300 billion yen in TRI-AD. TRI, TRI-AD, and TMC will have a streamlined relationship, resulting in a fast-track, truly integrated development model.

Dr. James Kuffner, currently TRI Chief Technology Officer, will lead TRI-AD as its CEO.

“Building production-quality software is a critical success factor for Toyota’s automated driving program,” said Dr. Kuffner. “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 world-class software engineers. We will recruit globally, and I am thrilled to lead this effort.”

The automotive industry is now in an era of profound transformation. High-quality software development and big data from connected vehicles will be crucial to success. To respond to such changes, companies are coming together, building new developmental models and incorporating evolving technologies

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