Aug. 04, 2017
Toyota to Make Additional Investment in Preferred Networks, Inc.
For the Acceleration of Joint Research and Development of Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Mobility-Related Fields
Toyota City, Japan, August 4, 2017―With the aim of accelerating joint research and development of artificial intelligence technologies in mobility-related fields, such as automated driving technology, Toyota Motor Corporation and Preferred Networks, Inc. (PFN) agreed to an additional Toyota investment in PFN. The investment will amount to 10.5 billion yen, and Toyota will acquire stock in PFN through the allocation of new shares to a third party.
Toyota and PFN have been working on joint research and development since October 2014, and for the purpose of strengthening the relationship, Toyota invested approximately 1 billion yen in PFN in December 2015. To date, the joint research and development has focused on object-recognition technology and analysis technology of vehicle information. This additional investment will further enhance the relationship between Toyota and PFN and spur joint research and development.
Toyota is actively researching and developing a wide range of technologies, including automated driving technologies that are expected to significantly affect the nature of mobility in the future. PFN's world-leading, intelligence-related technologies (including machine learning, deep learning, and big data processing) are essential to Toyota. The overall goal of these initiatives is to foster the creation of a society in which mobility means safety and freedom.