IBM develops an artificial passenger you can talk to while you drive.
IBM has developed an intelligent artificial passenger (AP) which can ask questions and even crack jokes.
The system is to be integrated into the dashboards of cars.
It can fire off personal questions, individualized for the driver according to an inbuilt profile, such as “who was the first person you dated?”
The system then records the clarity and timing of the response to detect signs of tiredness.
Should the artificial driver suspect drivers of being drowsy, its voice analyzer will wake them by opening a window, buzzing an alarm or, if all else fails, even spraying them with a blast of icy cold water.
The system’s other functions include telling jokes and unexpectedly changing radio stations, in order to maintain the alertness of the driver.