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Toyota creates AI unit headed by ex-Google robotics specialist

Hopes team of 1,000 engineers will be a magnet for tech talent

Nikkei staff writers | Japan

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor seeks to assemble a staff of 1,000 engineers from Japan and abroad into a new unit meant to turn its research on automated driving into road-ready technology.

The Nagoya-based automaker's race to develop self-driving cars pits it against increasingly international competition for engineering talent, as foreign employers like China's Huawei Technologies use pay and other incentives to attract IT graduates from Japanese universities.

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