Saturday, November 14, 2009

AiDA - the robotic friend

The Affective Intelligent Agent Driving (AIDA) will inform you about the best route home and based on traffic reports, it will tell you when to fuel and even suggests places to visit.

The robot, which will either stay on board, or be integrated in some models, is developed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in cooperation with Volkswagen.

AIDA communicates with the driver by using a display and will try, for example, to smile when he sees that you are angry.
Cynthia Breazeal, director of MIT's Personal Robots Group, said: "AIDA is able to determine the facial expressions of the driver and other clues, and will respond in an appropriate way. AIDA analyzes the routes the driver uses, and points of departure and destination. The creators believe that the robot could propose solutions after a week of "learning" and suggest routes that avoid roads blocked by traffic.

Come to think of it, he's cute also :)