• Jan 3, 2011
It's one of the great ironies of our age that many of the devices that were crafted to make our lives easier are more prone to catapulting us into fits of blinding rage. Anyone who's been led astray by satellite navigation knows exactly what we're talking about. But what if your devices knew that you were upset with them and could alter their behavior accordingly? Researchers at Cambridge University are working on new technology that could create emotionally-sensitive robotics to reduce driver distraction and curb road rage.

The tech uses a range of sensors to detect everything from facial expressions to hand gestures and even the user's tone of voice. Researchers are hoping that in the future, vehicles will be able to uses similar data to decrease the volume of the radio or mute cell phone calls if they sense that the driver is upset or agitated. Still, don't expect your next new car to be able to sense your emotional state. According to The Daily Telegraph, mainstream application of the tech is still long way off.

[Source: The Telegraph]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great technology................
      • 4 Years Ago
      uhhhh wouldn't it be easier to just make gps' work better?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So I can't expect a little 'sensual massage' from my seats if my navi senses I'm inputting addresses angrily?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last thing we need are sat navs with "Genuine People Personalities". They'll inevitably get depressed by their sad lot in life and attempt to commit suicide by directing you to drive off a bridge.

      Then again, Sirius-XM could do with a name change. Might I suggest the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, followed by a massive diversification?
      • 4 Years Ago
      With my temper that would be all I need for my Sat Nav to stop speaking to me. Try that and you might not ever talk again, lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Me: ahh today has been rough
      Nav: what's wrong master?
      Me: my girlfriend broke up with me
      Nav: ahh that's too bad sir. You know... I am single
      Me: what...?
      Nav: that idrive down the street dumped me
      • 4 Years Ago
      Open the pod bay doors Hal....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1...lmfao
      • 4 Years Ago
      Skynet is in our nav systemz driving our carz!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just curious. Does the picture have anything to do with the article's content?

      That vehicle is at the Hyundai Motor America headquarters in Fountain Valley, CA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that would not do a thing that would just make me feel even worse i mean the last thing in the world i want knowing how i feel about it is my navi....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess this is simply another example of social engineering. Yay nanny state, I can't live without you. Ah me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just what I want... my Nav System to be an Emo.... You will be driving around and it will decide that it wants to write a poem..
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