• Nov 5, 2009
MIT and Audi present Aida -- Click above to watch video

We don't know where carmakers got the idea that we want intelligent robots learning our behavior and then talking to us. Wherever it was, we don't want it any more than they thought we did 25 years ago in a talking Maxima. Nissan has its PIVO concept, which has the distinction of being as creepy as it is cute. Now Audi's in the game with it's much cuter, Wall-E reminiscent cybernetic accomplice, Aida.

In conjunction with MIT labs, Aida – an acronym for Affective Intelligent Driving Agent – is not only meant to help you think less about where you're going and how you're going to get there, she also pays attention to all of your driving so she can start recommending things (we call Aida "she" because of the LED eyeliner).

Yet even though cuter, Aida is just as creepy as PIVO because "after two weeks, Aida learns your favorite areas of town... and builds knowledge about the different activities you enjoy in the city." Eventually Aida knows all of your driving habits and then starts suggesting detours based on real world events happening nearby. That might sound cool until your wife borrows your Audi one day and Aida chirps, "It's 7 a.m.! Time for the crack house!" Follow the jump to watch the video, and prepare for your precocious robot overlords.

[Source: Engadget]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      For some reason I had a 2001 thought. The car finds out that you have been lieing to it or otherwise gets mad at you and locks you out. "I just don't think that this relationship is going to work out, Dave."
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eeeeeeeeeeeev-a
      • 5 Years Ago
      Technology is always advancing and that's a neat idea, however, I wonder if in the future there will be a option to not have this on your car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why would i need this crap?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It´s like R2D2 on the X-wings. It´s just cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will it stop the car for the pedestrian I didn't see because it was in my line of vision, or because I was concentrating on it instead of what's going on outside the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll pay NOT to have this crap in my Audi
      • 5 Years Ago
      I remember the days when driving a car just involved......driving a car!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This doesn't sound distracting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate backseat drivers. Why would I pay for one that can't be dropped off at Macy's?
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL!! You guys kill me
      • 5 Years Ago
      That might sound cool until your wife borrows your Audi one day and Aida chirps, "It's 7 a.m.! Time for the crack house!"

      It's too friggin' early for this stuff! Cracked me up big time!
      • 5 Years Ago
      people really go to the crack house at 7 am?

      never thought i'd say this, but this is too much technology for me.

      Big Brother - and from the Germans not the Japanese.

      hmmmmm...
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