Toyota Research Institute, aka TRI, has taken over a Jaybridge Robotics software engineering team from Massachusetts. The 16-member group from Jaybridge Robotics will join TRI’s Cambridge, Massachusetts office. The ex-Jaybridge employees will be working with Toyota people at TRI facilities in the U.S., as well as with Toyota research and development teams around the world. It’s not clear what happens to the rest of Jaybridge as both companies refused to elaborate.
First announced in November 2015, TRI is a research and development enterprise designed eliminate the chasm between fundamental research and product development. Specifically the stated autonomous vehicle goal is to address the 1.25 million traffic fatalities that drivers cause globally each year.
Funded by a five-year, $1 billion investment to start, the mandates are ambitious: 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.”