James J. Kuffner Jr.

Woven Planet Holdings, a Subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, Closes Acquisition of Lyft's Level 5 Division

Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 1:01am

TOKYO, July 20, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. ("Woven Planet"), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the closing of the acquisition of Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft, Inc. ("Lyft"), a proposed transaction previously announced in April 2021.

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  • TOKYO, July 20, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. ("Woven Planet"), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the closing of the acquisition of Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft, Inc. ("Lyft"), a proposed transaction previously announced in April 2021.
  • With the acquisition in place, Woven Planet will be provided with technology, talent, and an international footprint that will accelerate its efforts.
  • "As the first major acquisition for the Woven Planet Group, Level 5 represents a significant investment in our future.
  • Founded in 2018 as Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD), Woven Planet is composed of four complementary companies: Woven Planet Holdings, Woven Core, Woven Alpha, and Woven Capital.

Woven Planet Holdings, a Subsidiary of Toyota, to Acquire CARMERA

Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 12:07am

TOKYO, July 15, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. ("Woven Planet"), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the acquisition of CARMERA, Inc. ("CARMERA"), a U.S.-based spatial AI company, which specializes in bringing next-generation road intelligence to automated mobility at scale.

Key Points: 
  • TOKYO, July 15, 2021 - (JCN Newswire) - Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. ("Woven Planet"), a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the acquisition of CARMERA, Inc. ("CARMERA"), a U.S.-based spatial AI company, which specializes in bringing next-generation road intelligence to automated mobility at scale.
  • This is the second major deal for Woven Planet in North America, following the April 2021 announcement to acquire Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft.
  • Once the deal is closed, the CARMERA team will report into the Automated Mapping Platform ("AMP") organization of Woven Alpha, Inc. ("Woven Alpha").
  • Founded in 2018 as Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD), Woven Planet Group is composed of four complementary companies: Woven Planet Holdings, Woven Core, Woven Alpha, and Woven Capital.

Woven Planet Holdings, a Subsidiary of Toyota, to Acquire CARMERA

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 10:00pm

Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. (Woven Planet), a subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the acquisition of CARMERA, Inc. (CARMERA), a U.S.-based spatial AI company, which specializes in bringing next-generation road intelligence to automated mobility at scale.

Key Points: 
  • Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. (Woven Planet), a subsidiary of the Toyota Motor Corporation, announced the acquisition of CARMERA, Inc. (CARMERA), a U.S.-based spatial AI company, which specializes in bringing next-generation road intelligence to automated mobility at scale.
  • This is the second major deal for Woven Planet in North America, following the April 2021 announcement to acquire Level 5, the self-driving division of Lyft.
  • Woven Alpha focuses on exploring new strategic areas for business expansion and incubates several innovative projects such as Woven City and Arene, which is Woven Planets open software platform.
  • Founded in 2018 as Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD), Woven Planet Group is composed of four complementary companies: Woven Planet Holdings, Woven Core, Woven Alpha, and Woven Capital.

Toyota Research Institute and Stanford University's Dynamic Design Lab Study How to Improve Automotive Safety

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 2:00pm

Researchers at Toyota Research Institute are working with Stanford's Dynamic Design Lab to make this vision come true.

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  • Researchers at Toyota Research Institute are working with Stanford's Dynamic Design Lab to make this vision come true.
  • The engineers are conducting research into how to bring together the instincts of professional drivers and automated driving technology.
  • Their goal is to design a new level of active safety technology and share it broadly so that Toyota and other auto manufacturers can deploy it on the road.
  • Toyota Research Institute (TRI), established in 2015, aims to develop active vehicle safety and automated driving technologies, robotics, and other human amplification technology.

OhmniLabs Introduces New Robotics as a Service Platform

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 2:00pm

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --OhmniLabs ( https://ohmnilabs.com/ ), a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, today introduces its new Robotics as a Service platform and the addition of Dr. James Kuffner, Chief Executive Officer at the Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD), to its Advisory Board.

Key Points: 
  • SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --OhmniLabs ( https://ohmnilabs.com/ ), a Silicon Valley-based robotics company, today introduces its new Robotics as a Service platform and the addition of Dr. James Kuffner, Chief Executive Officer at the Toyota Research Institute - Advanced Development (TRI-AD), to its Advisory Board.
  • OhmniLabs' new Robotics as a Service (RaaS) offering allows partners to focus on market, customers, and sales while OhmniLabs provides complete end-to-end robotics, technology, and production.
  • We believe that Dr. Kuffner's expertise as the pioneer of cloud robotics will be extremely valuable as OhmniLabs continues to grow and innovate."
  • OhmniLabs, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based robotics company focused on providing demand-driven robotics solutions for businesses.

A Self-Driving Industry Pioneer Joins Innovasonic Inc. as Chairman of Advisory Board

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 10:05pm

Innovasonic,a leader in active self-cleaning technologies, today announced the appointment of Dr. James Kuffner as Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board.

Key Points: 
  • Innovasonic,a leader in active self-cleaning technologies, today announced the appointment of Dr. James Kuffner as Chairman of its Scientific Advisory Board.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20190501006052/en/
    Prototype of PiezoWipe(TM) self-cleaning glass (Photo: Business Wire)
    James is an exceptional addition to the Innovasonic executive team, said Dr. Boris Kobrin, Founder and CEO of Innovasonic.
  • We will also benefit from Dr. Kuffners strategic vision and vast industry network as we start discussions with potential commercial partners early in our development cycle.
  • Innovasonic is challenging the status quo in surface cleaning technologies, which are currently severely outdated, said Dr. James Kuffner.