Toyota to begin robotics and automated vehicle research

As a Toyota dealer in Martinsburg, WV, Apple Valley Toyota is happy to keep you updated on the biggest and best in Toyota news. A leader in innovation, the Toyota brand is prepared to join the automated vehicle and robotics revolution. We are glad to announce that the automaker, in partnership with Open Source Robotics, will be researching new software and methods of engineering to create new technology that will wow our customers in the future.

A new agreement between the Toyota Research Institute and Open Source Robotics leaders has come about after a $1 million charitable contribution to support a newly-formed subsidiary of Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) called Open Source Robotics Corporation (OSRC). This deal is to “expand the development of both open source and proprietary tools for Toyota’s fast-growing robotics and automated vehicle research initiatives.”

OSRF is a non-profit organization comprised of leaders in the global robotics community who oversee the development of Gazebo, a 3D multi-robot simulator and the Robot Operating System (ROS), a flexible framework for writing robot software.

According to a press release from Toyota representatives, the move to expand the Toyota Research Institute research and engineering reflects “Toyota’s ongoing evolution beyond the boundaries of the conventional automotive industry to become a broad-based mobility technology company.”

Using the expertise of engineers at OSRC, the Toyota brand will be ahead of the game with industry-leading technology platforms. As part of the two-year agreement, the automaker will be involved in a variety of initiatives that build upon the framework of the brand’s commitment to move forward.

Keep an eye out for more details on this exciting new agreement. For other information on today’s Toyota news, stop by Apple Valley Toyota. We can’t wait to give you great service and quality Toyota cars today!