A GPS with Feelings

Oct 30, 2009
Outside Magazine

Audi has partnered with MIT to design a robotic GPS with a head and facial expressions called AIDA (Affective Intelligent Driving Agent), New Scientist reports. The robot will do more than just give you directions. It will also give you a "worried" look if you forget to buckle up. Sensors around the car will also indicate to the robot whether you're tense--for example, if you're gripping the wheel tightly--so it can respond to you in an emotionally sensitive way. "The whole point is to figure out a better way for the car to communicate with the driver," says Mikey Siegel of the MIT Media Lab.

--Aileen Torres

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