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Toyota is Making Investments for Inexpensive Advanced Electric Vehicles

Toyota Invests in AI for Cheaper Batteries, Electric Cars and Fuel Cells

Like few other car manufacturing companies, Toyota is in relentless and constant pursuit of technology advancements serving to make rides safer and cheaper. The Japanese manufacturer has always been a step ahead of the competition, but now they’ve decided to accelerate even further by investing in artificial intelligence (AI) for cheaper batteries, electric vehicles and fuel cells.

Just recently, Toyota announced that they will be using artificial intelligence (AI) to help in the design and manufacturing of electric cars and fuel cells.

The move comes after Elon Musk acquired Grohmann Engineering, giving Tesla access to automation technology that can actually reduce manufacturing costs.

What is Toyota planning to do?

The company’s AI-based approach is being led by the officials at Toyota Research Institute (TRI) with offices in California, Michigan and Massachusetts. Eric Krotkov, the Chief Science Officer at TRI, said that the company’s future is bright, as they continue to maintain control of selecting and structuring the set of fundamental compound materials.

He further added, We aim to use AI to guide researchers through the infinite numbers of possibilities and to optimize for performance in a complex, high-dimensional space.” Over the next four years, this research is expected to cost around $35 million, with a focus on fuel cell catalysts, rechargeable batteries, and functional polymers.

According to Krotkov, the undertaking of this venture will not only be challenging, but also present a “high risk, high reward” scenario.

The progress so far

The Toyota Research Institute has partnered with many institutes such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Michigan and University of Connecticut. These partnerships will guide research in the right direction via a range of peer-reviewed studies and scientific inputs.

To this combined effort, Toyota’s aim by 2050 is to reduce average carbon dioxide emissions from new vehicles by 90%. One notable aspect of Toyota’s research program is that it includes fuel cells despite other car manufacturers focusing solely on the development of battery-based vehicles.

Elon Musk, on the other hand, has a reputation of dismissing the utility of hydrogen as vehicle fuel. Toyota, however, has already invested in fuel cell technology in order to develop the Mirai model. Clearly, they won’t be abandoning the concept of using hydrogen for fuel anytime soon.

For now, few things are going to remain unchanged. However, if Toyota’s vision comes to fruition, it will likely pave the way for a more sustainable environment and market landscape.

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