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    Honda to develop cars which would detect their owners’ emotions

    by Mahesh Yadav on Monday, Jan 01 0001

    The global auto market is rapidly changing and getting future ready. The auto majors are developing cutting-edge technologies which were thought possible only in the sci-fi movies even some years back. The smart future auto industry will be full of advanced zero emission cars, fully autonomous driving capabilities, artificial intelligence, and even flying autonomous cars. And the global auto giants are working on all these technologies and showcasing their future-ready vehicle concepts at the various international auto shows. Like many other global auto giants, and especially the Japanese auto majors, Honda Motors is also developing highly intelligent cars which can detect human emotions.

    Honda and its fellow Japanese auto major Toyota have showcased the next-generation artificial intelligence for their cars at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Both the Japanese auto giants have showcased their concept car models, which can detect the driver’s emotions. So, the car’s artificial intelligence system can figure out if the driver is angry, tired, confused or distracted.

    Honda Motor’s NeuV can detect the driver’s stress levels and emotions by analyzing his facial expressions as well as voice tones. Upon detecting a particular stress level or emotion, the system can then offer various suggestions to the driver to help him or her cope with the various situations. If the owner wishes, then the system can also be loaned. In fact, it can loan itself out when not in use, after taking permission from its original owner. This is certainly very impressively intelligent.


    Honda is intending to use this system in many of its upcoming future cars, which can not only improve the entire experience of car driving, but also effectively improve safety, as bad emotions or stress levels are some of the key causes of careless driving and resultant road accidents.

    Similarly, Toyota Motor’s Concept-i also uses the same technique to read the diver’s emotions. It also detects and analyzes facial expressions and tones of voice. However, it also monitors body language for enhanced detection of stress levels or emotions. With the help of these three factors, the system specifically determines from various emotions ranging from happy to irritated, neutral to nervous, alert to fatigued, etc. Upon detecting a particular unsuitable state of mind, the concept model tries to alter it through various sensory inputs in the cabin which includes fragrances, air conditioning, seat positioning and lighting adjustments. Early signs of driving stress are also picked up quickly by this system and it quickly tries to combat these. This technology can also eventually learn about its owner’s interests and let the car have conversations on topics of interest.

    Honda Motor has also unveiled a fully electric sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, named as the Honda Sports EV concept. This electric sports car is as alluring as the Urban EV hatchback concept which was also showcased alongside. Both these car concepts offer neat styling which reminds of the bygone cars, while at the same time also flaunt futuristic styling and advanced features. On the whole, Honda through its car concepts is showing the world that it is ready to take on the highly intelligent and sustainable future mobility system.



    Mahesh is a fan of compact, quirky and underrated vehicles that punch above their weight. Multix, Nano, Strom R3 and Navi are his favorites.

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