Toyota ITC Joins IAP Program
Toyota InfoTechnology Center, U.S.A. (Toyota ITC), recently joined the WNCG Industrial Affiliate Program as a level one member, and as a founding member of the UT SAVES research initiative.
Toyota ITC brings together people from different backgrounds and cultures to work at the forefront of the rapidly-changing IT industry and to invent, apply, develop and deliver breakthrough analyses, processes and technologies. Their main facilities in Mountain View, California and New York, conduct research and collaborate with external organizations to broaden their research and application opportunities in the automotive industry.
The company focuses on five research divisions, including business research, connected services such as apps, mobile devices and big data, networks research, systems and software.
The WNCG Industrial Affiliate Program allows companies to become stakeholders in WNCG and to participate in the growth and direction of the center. Initially founded to significantly lower the cost of pre-competitive research for each sponsor, the program maximizes benefits to each sponsoring company.
In addition to benefiting from regular interaction with 130 graduate students and 22 top faculty, affiliates receive special access to high-quality students for recruitment purposes, first views of research publications and business opportunities for joint research collaborations. Affiliate interaction has inspired many graduate student dissertations and created a fertile recruiting ground for affiliate companies.
Aside from providing a strong return-on-investment for affiliate companies, the Industrial Affiliate Program also benefits WNCG. By creating a stable financial base, WNCG researchers are able to attract more government-sponsored grants from organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and others, which furthers the reach and capabilities of WNCG research. A portion of each membership fee directly supports WNCG research programs, faculty and students.
The UT SAVES initiative, which stands for Situation Aware Vehicular Engineering Systems, is a collaboration between the Center for Transportation Research and WNCG, that focuses on communication, sensing and analytics to overcome the challenges of bringing automated vehicles into the transportation mainstream.
To find out more about the WNCG Industrial Affiliate program, visit: http://wncg.org/affiliates/join