This major commitment to A.I. research is exciting for scientists trying to move the science forward, according to Manuela Veloso, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, which is not part of the Toyota project.
"It's exciting to see that people are realizing how much the field of A.I. can make a difference in people's lives," she said. "The work they'll be doing on cars can be used elsewhere. We need better decision making based on an understanding of a situation. Machines need to understand if someone is crossing the road or crossing a room. This is the beginning. It's the reality of A.I. in the physical world, whether it's cars or robots that move indoors or in supermarkets."
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