The experimental technologies will be unveiled at the incoming Tokyo Motor Show.
Toyota Motor Corp boss Makoto Okabe said Monday that the new cars will be equipped with artificial intelligence technologies that can analyze passengers’ faces, social media postings, and driving attitudes. Next, the technology will profile the drivers and use the data to adjust seats when they’re nervous or anxious to calm them down or make them more alert when they’re drowsy. The cars may even suggest stopping at a fast-food restaurant when the driver is hungry.
Other Car Makers Following Suit
However, the news was met with criticism as some people are concerned about privacy intrusions. Despite the concerns, though, other car makers unveiled plans to develop similar technologies, in recent months. Some of those plans may be revealed at this year’s edition of the Tokyo Motor Show, which is slated for October 28.
Toyota plans to equip its Concept-i cars with the new technology. The ‘I’ in ‘Concept-i’ stems from the Japanese word “ai” which translates as “love”. “Ai” is pronounced as the letter “I” in English. The use of the word suggests that futuristic cars will “love” you and become your best friends, or “more than a machine,” according to a Toyota official.
The new EVs will be equipped with cameras and sensors that will scan drivers’ faces. AI-based algorithms can next tell from facial expression if the person is happy or upset. The system could also tell when a driver is drowsy if he or she yawns or scratches their cheeks.
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