Thursday, October 29, 2009

A New Form of Vehicle Intelligence

A New Form of Vehicle Intelligence: "

More here:  Winking robot nav head knows where you’re going

“MIT intends to revolutionize GPS navigation by making it friendly and predictive, using a friendly robot helper to anticipate your needs. The Affective Intelligent Driving Agent (AIDA) is a robot head on an articulated neck, reminiscent of movie robots from the 1980s, that mounts in the center of the dashboard.

It incorporates an expressive “face” that can smile, look sad, show warning signs, and even wink at you. AIDA was developed as a collaboration between the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab, MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, and Volkswagen Group of America’s Electronics Research Lab…”

Of course, this is simply a “cool” way to introduce systems.  The reality is, there won’t be any smiling robots (unless you want a ticket for distracted driving or “winking back at your controller.”)  The technology behind it will most likely not be in easy view.

Then, all of a sudden, something similar to this happens to you:


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