Toyota’s new R&D company hires technical team

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp’s research and development company, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), said it hired a team of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots.

The world’s top-selling automaker announced plans in November to set up TRI with a focus on developing artificial intelligence technologies such as self-driving cars.

TRI also named John Roos, former U.S. Ambassador to Japan, as chairman of an advisory board that will guide its work.

Rodney Brooks, founder of robot maker iRobot Corp and former director of the MIT computer science and AI lab, was named deputy chairman of the board, TRI said at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show.