Mind-reading car on road
Softbank founder Masayoshi Son has announced at an event in Tokyo that he is working with auto-giant Honda to come up with a car that can both talk and gauge human emotions.
Just like the talking car in the vintage series Knight Rider, the technology being developed will allow a vehicle to process natural language through cameras and in-car sensors, along with assessing the driver’s emotions and engaging in friendly banter, in addition to offering assistance.
If such a level of interactivity is achieved, it could help in parking or keeping the driver engaged during long trips, as well as take over control when the driver is sleepy or not in senses.
Softbank’s Pepper robot, recently powered by IBM’s Watson AI, may have a role to play in this as well, Son added.