A GPS with Feelings
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.