Today, your best friend may be seated beside you in your car, but soon, it will be your car itself!
Japanese internet corporation SoftBank has partnered with Honda to build a car that can read the driver’s emotions and converse with him or her.
According to Tech Wire Asia, during an event in Tokyo, the two firms spoke of a future in which Honda cars would be able to interact with their drivers, using technology currently used in SoftBank’s humanoid ‘Pepper’ robot that can recognize and respond to mood swings among people it comes in contact with.
According to Reuters, SoftBank’s founder Masayoshi Son told the audience: “Imagine if robots, with their super intelligence, devoted themselves to humans. And imagine that cars themselves became super-computers or robots one day. Honda will be the first to adopt this technology.”
The partnership will look at ways to apply technology from both companies’ robotic technology into vehicles so that they will be able to communicate with drivers, be it as they simply park their car, or when they need some company while on a trip.
So, when it happens, you may be driving alone but will not feel lonely.