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If you happen to be like most individuals, you start the car every morning and prepare to fight traffic on your way to work. However wouldn’t it be nice to read a ebook during your commute as an alternative? Or examine your e-mail? Even write a few texts?

At present, that’s not attainable for drivers. (Truly, it’s possible, however it’s dangerous. And way too many individuals do these things and worse behind the wheel.)

Tomorrow, however, self-driving vehicles may give us all the power to do these things safely. And two superb concept vehicles on the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas offered a glimpse of an exciting future.

Every January, hundreds of individuals from the world over attend CES to see the newest improvements in technology. Sam Affolter, senior director of research and innovation at Safeco, was there this year — and he’s intrigued by the place the auto business is headed.

“One of many coolest shows at CES was Toyota’s Concept-i automotive,” Affolter stated. “It has a digital assistant referred to as ‘Yui,’ an artificial-intelligence character that customizes itself primarily based on the different individuals within the automotive.”

With inward-facing cameras, Yui (pronounced “U-E”) identifies who’s within the automotive and the place they’re sitting, and can advocate switching to autonomous mode when its facial-recognition technology senses the driver is distracted or sleepy.

It additionally learns your habits and preferences, Affolter stated. “I want to be moving rather than stuck in traffic — and Yui will pick up on that and recommend routes that may be longer but with much less congestion.”

Honda also made an enormous splash at CES with its NeuV, which stands for “New Electrical City Car.” Personal autos aren’t in use 95% of the time, and Honda says the NeuV (pronounced “New-V”) may make good use of that further capability. It could possibly operate as an automatic ride-sharing vehicle, choosing up and dropping off clients at local locations when the owner will not be using the automotive. And when it’s idle, the NeuV even can sell power back to the electrical grid.

“It’s vital to notice that neither of those automobiles is rolling off the meeting line,” Affolter stated. “They’re simply examples of the probabilities.”
That could be a good thing, because it’s going to take time for people to get used to the idea of giving up control.

Each Yui and NeuV assist break this barrier by acclimating drivers to the AI system in methods that may construct belief, based on Affolter. Offering correct, useful data and suggestions over time will increase the chances you’ll say “OK” when Yui or NeuV provide to take the wheel if you look drained or seem distracted.

“These innovations are paving the way to a more driverless future,” Affolter stated. “It’s going to be actually attention-grabbing to see the place it leads us.”

Reposted with permission from the original writer, Safeco Insurance®.