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Sunday, January 23, 2005

Cars That Sense Our Mood
Cars able to sense our emotions and to take corrective actions if we feel too angry, frustrated or sleepy, could be on the market in two years. These cars will probably not be named HAL-9000, so we should be able to stop them if they're bothering us. But according to this article from the Scotsman, "So are you in the mood for a drive?" such cars could be built by Toyota with the help of Affective Media, a Scottish company.

Many modern cars already have voice-animated systems allowing the driver to control a CD-player, fans or heaters. With the addition of this new voice recognition software, our cars will detect when we're too quiet and try to wake us up. If we start to be too excited, for any reason, like because we're stuck in a traffic jam or listening to great rock music, the car will automatically switch the stereo to 'calming' music.

Would you like to drive such a car, or do you hate the concept? Read more and let me know what you think.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 3:41 PM Comments (0)
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