TECH KNOW

Love your car? This one may ac­tu­ally love you back

The Denver Post - - TECH KNOW - By Steven Overly

EEChances are you ei­ther love or hate your car — and soon the feel­ing could be mu­tual.

Ja­panese au­tomaker Honda will show­case a con­cept car at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show next month that is ca­pa­ble of un­der­stand­ing the driver’s emo­tions and de­vel­op­ing emo­tions of its own.

The com­pany pro­vided few de­tails as to how the tech­nol­ogy will work or al­ter the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

But the con­cept car, called the NeuV, is be­ing touted as an au­to­mated electric ve­hi­cle that in­cludes an “emo­tion engine.” That’s the name for ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence that Honda says will “en­able ma­chines to ar­ti­fi­cially gen­er­ate their own emo­tions.”

The “emo­tion engine” tech­nol­ogy comes out of a part­ner­ship that Honda and Ja­panese telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions firm SoftBank re­vealed this year. The two paired up to de­sign AI tech­nol­ogy that al­lows the car to have con­ver­sa­tions with its driver and gauge his or her emo­tions, Honda said in a news re­lease.

Honda ex­pects the car will “grow up” with its driver and share in his or her ex­pe­ri­ences, prompt­ing the driver to feel the car “has be­come a good part­ner and thus form a stronger emo­tional at­tach­ment to­ward it.” (That could com­pli­cate mat­ters when it comes time to trade in, but no one ever said breakups are easy.)

Honda did not pro­vide a timetable for when, or if, the NeuV will be sold to con­sumers.

Honda will un­veil the NeuV, a car equipped with ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy, at the In­ter­na­tional Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Jan­uary. Pro­vided by Honda

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