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SoftBank and Honda aim to build a car that can read your emotions

By Shawn Knight ยท 8 replies
Jul 21, 2016
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  1. Japanese telecom SoftBank and automaker Honda have announced a unique partnership to develop technology that would allow future Honda vehicles to both talk to its drivers and read their emotions.

    At an event in Tokyo on Thursday, SoftBank founder Masayoshi Son invited attendees to imagine robots, with super intelligence, devoting themselves to humans. Taking it a step further, Son asked people to imagine a future in which cars themselves become supercomputers before vowing that Honda would be the first to adopt such technology.

    As The Verge notes, the two will do this by using an array of in-car sensors and cameras to analyze a driver’s speech, engage them in conversation and even offer assistance or advice. It wouldn’t all be new technology, however, as Son said SoftBank’s robot, Pepper, would likely play some sort of role in the endeavor.

    If you recall, SoftBank earlier this year said its new version of Pepper would be powered by Watson, IBM’s Jeopardy-playing supercomputer. But before Pepper shows up next to you in your Honda, it’ll be starting out as many young people do by working at a fast food joint.

    Readers of a certain age are no doubt conjuring up comparisons to KITT, the name of David Hasselhoff’s 1982 Pontiac Trans Am in the original Knight Rider series. Fun fact – KITT was voiced by William Daniels, the actor that starred as teacher and mentor George Feeny in the ‘90s teen sitcom Boy Meets World.

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    *feeling depressed*

    *car drives itself into bridge abutment*
    bmw95 likes this.
  3. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,046   +321

    What a crock
  4. Jack007

    Jack007 TS Booster Posts: 179   +39

    And what use would that be?
  5. toooooot

    toooooot TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +8

    Read above
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,533   +2,318

    Jeez, I sure hope they get the price down on that "Watson" sh!t, before they start stuffing into the family station wagon. A Honda will cost a lot more than even a Tesla if they don't.

    "The hardware Watson uses is estimated to cost $3 million. IBM itself has annual revenues in the $100 billion range which is why they cannot afford to be doing projects in the less than $1 million range; to be honest, I'd be surprised if they'd be interested in projects with an expected revenue of less than $10 million.
    What is the cost of licensing/hardware to get an IBM Watson starter ...
  7. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    I see my car noticing my road rage and pulling over, locking the doors and calling the police.... ah, baby it's not like that, I just drive angry. seriously not how I wanted my future car to handle things. I was hoping for flight or bumper mounted stinger missiles. instead I get "david, you seem sad. let me put on some happy music."
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,533   +2,318

    Oh well, maybe it's for the best. Keep in mind, if you were tailgating and torched off one of those Stingers, it would cost you at the very least a windshield when you drove through the debris field....:eek::oops:
  9. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,140   +632

    I also just read the title /s

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