Toyota Debuts 'Mind-Reading' Concept Car
Smart Insect car can spot its driver using facial-recognition technology and anticipate driving behavior.
The Toyota Smart Insect concept is perhaps the most in-tune a car and driver can be with each other. The single-seat Insect (short for Information Network Social Electric City Transporter) knows its driver thanks to facial-recognition technology, and it can predict driving behavior.
It makes its debut at an electronics exhibit in Japan today.
Front-mounted sensors with facial-recognition technology know when a driver is approaching and flash the headlights in a greeting.
The car uses a "virtual agent" at the Toyota Smart Center that recognizes the driver's voice and can make predictions regarding his intentions. The virtual agent operates things such as fog lamps and the stereo system, and can turn on the air conditioner or unlock the car while the driver is sitting at home -- an automated car butler of sorts.
Will the Insect usher in an era of mind-reading cars? Or one in which cars take over as man's best friend? Would that be a good thing? Share your comments below.
A mind reading car??????? HAHAHA!!!!!!!!
I know a LOT of people that hadn't better even THINK about getting one of these things, because the car would have nothing to do.....
I wonder if it will say " you are driving like an A----H---, slow down you idiot", that would help
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