(Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. has hired Gill Pratt, the U.S. military’s top robotics engineer, as part of a $50 million investment in artificial-intelligence research designed to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

Joint research centers will be established at Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the automaker said in a statement Friday. Pratt, who taught at MIT for several years, had been program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s robotics efforts.

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