Lonely on the road? What about a robotic driving companion?
Lonely on the road? What about a robotic driving companion? Toyota is working on a 4-inch-tall robot that could gesture, read your mood and talk to you while you drive By Sharon Gaudin Computerworld | Oct 29, 2015 2:25 PM PT After testing human-robot cooperation in space with its Kirobo robot, Toyota is working on a smaller version – actually a cup-holder sized robot – that can keep people company while they drive. Dubbed the Kirobo Mini, the nearly 4-in. tall robot is designed to detect and respond to the driver's emotions, speech and gestures. The robot, which could be installed in future Toyota vehicles, would not only be aimed at keeping drivers alert and calm but could collect information about driving habits that engineers could potentially use to build better features for future cars. "With people spending an average of 4.3 years of our lives in our cars, which equates to traveling to the moon and back three times, Toyota believes tha