In­vest­ment in ro­bot­ics will pay off

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The US ro­bot­ics ex­pert lead­ing Toy­ota’s Sil­i­con Val­ley re­search com­pany says the $1 bil­lion in­vest­ment by the gi­ant Ja­panese au­tomaker will start show­ing re­sults within five years. Gill Pratt said that the Toy­ota Re­search In­sti­tute is also look­ing ahead into the dis­tant fu­ture when there will be cars that any­one, in­clud­ing chil­dren and the el­derly, can ride in on their own, as well as ro­bots that help out in homes. Pratt joined Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp first as a tech­ni­cal ad­viser when it set up its ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence re­search ef­fort at Stan­ford Univer­sity and MIT. He said safety fea­tures will be the first types of AI ap­pli­ca­tions to ap­pear in Toy­ota ve­hi­cles. Such fea­tures are al­ready of­fered on some mod­els now be­ing sold, such as sen­sors that help cars brake or warn driv­ers be­fore a pos­si­ble crash, and cars that drive them­selves au­to­mat­i­cally into park­ing spa­ces or on cer­tain roads.

“I ex­pect some­thing to come out dur­ing those five years,” said Pratt.

“It is very im­por­tant to un­der­stand that what we are do­ing has high risk and that some of our ef­forts will not be en­tirely suc­cess­ful but we ex­pect some of them to be very suc­cess­ful.

“Some­day, these cars will be safe enough that chil­dren could go from one place to the other with­out hav­ing a soc­cer mom hav­ing to drive or a soc­cer dad.”

Toy­ota has al­ready shown an R2-D2-like ro­bot de­signed to help the el­derly, the sick and peo­ple in wheel­chairs by pick­ing up and car­ry­ing ob­jects.

The au­tomaker has also shown hu­man­shaped en­ter­tain­ment ro­bots that can con­verse and play mu­si­cal in­stru­ments.

“Our job is to ex­plore what is pos­si­ble, what might work. We don’t ac­tu­ally know what’s go­ing to work,” he said.

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