"You learn something about the vehicle, and as the days, weeks, months, years go by, the shared learning from each other basically means you get to know each other," Cartabiano said. "Concept AI and Yui learn and adapt, creating this bond. That bond and that partnership can really create a lot of interesting dynamics."
On the inside, drivers and passengers enter an environment not typical modern car interiors. Instead of black and chrome, the Concept-I is white and gold.
"It's a very serene, soothing, yet beautiful, engaging space, and when you need information on the dashboard or IP, it seems to appear out of the white space," Cartabiano said.
That means no screens on the center dashboard. Instead, the car displays information where its needed and also presents it through a variety of interfaces, including holographic images, sound, vibration and light. Colored lights in the foot wells provide an instant clue about whether the vehicle is in automated or manual drive. Lenses in the rear of the car project video from outside cameras to reduce blind spots.
Over time, the A.I. agent will learn the driver's preferences, including how and where she likes to go. Sensors inside will be able to monitor the driver's emotional state and Yui can adjust the driving or even the route to make the commute more relaxing. And because it's connected to social media, Yui may remind the driver about an errand or suggest a restaurant along the way that it knows the driver has been wanting to try.
Yui could even help keep a driver alert on those long, boring stretches between destinations.
Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute, spoke to an audience on Wednesday at CES, saying that Yui could be "coupled with the autonomy system" and be used to "engage the driver in conversation," reported Geekwire.
Toyota, which sold 2.45 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, say it plans to evaluate the car on the road in the next few years.
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