MIT Technology Review released its list of the “50 Smartest Companies” in 2016. Among the 50, we find two automakers listed: Tesla Motors and Toyota.
Tesla placed fourth out of 50 and was noted mostly for its Autopilot technology (and yes, this was decided before the recent high profile Model S accident with Autopilot engaged).
“This year, Tesla’s Autopilot technology stands out for the way it integrates feedback from a camera, radar, ultrasonic sensors and GPS to aid drivers on highways, help them avoid collisions and assist them in parking. Besides advancing semi-autonomous driving, Tesla is also making electric vehicles more accessible by introducing its most affordable car yet, the $35,000 Model 3.”
Meanwhile, Toyota placed 17th and was cited in several categories: research on mobility, artificial intelligence and robotics and fuel cell advancements. MIT commented:
“The Toyota Research Institute will study the future of mobility, artificial intelligence and robotics. Other recent forward-looking moves include the launch of Mirai, a hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicle for the mass market. Mirai has a range of over 300 miles and emits only water vapor. Toyota is now working on developing a network of affordable hydrogen fuel stations.”
MIT Technology Review editors (close to two dozen of them) selected the companies “that best combine innovative technology with an effective business model.”
Source: Automotive News