If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times, stop trying to make robots into "friendly companions
!" MIT must have some hubris stuck in its ears, as its labs are back at it with what looks like Clippy
gone 3D, with an extra dash of Knight Rider
-inspired personality. What we're talking about here is a dashboard-mounted AI system that collects environmental data, such as local events, traffic and gas stations, and combines it with a careful analysis of your driving habits and style to make helpful suggestions and note points of interest. By careful analysis we mean it snoops on your every move, and by helpful suggestions we mean it probably nags you to death (its own death). Then again, the thing's been designed to communicate with those big Audi eyes, making even our hardened hearts warm just a little. Video after the break.
MIT's Affective Intelligent Driving Assistant