Another breakthrough technology is AI-based emotional detection systems and software. Your car will know which mood you are in based on your facial expressions. If you’re a feeling blue or angry at the world in heavy congestion, your car will automatically play Happy by Pharrell Williams, and of course know how much you enjoy the experience, what music you like most and how you emotionally respond to various songs or adapt to enhance and change your emotional state.
The in-built interior cameras and systems will automatically analyze what clothes you wear, what colors you like, etc.
The car can detect if you are stressed or distracted and perhaps the co-pilot function will engage to a higher level of sensitivity, or even to full autopilot for added safety.
Having a road rage attack and giving the finger to every other driver, your car will stop and not move until you cool off. Wouldn’t that be phenomenal? Play this scenario – someone cuts you off driving like a maniac, you beep, and the person gives you the finger and swears at you. The car pulls over and shuts off until the person takes a deep breath. Hehe, so no more crazies behind the wheel! Insurance companies will love to endorse these functions and hopefully make them compulsory for drivers who want to be insured.
Emotional facial recognition AI software and algorithms coupled are rapidly improving, so expect to see massive changes and new applications of this technology. Emotionally aware cars will help the path to full autonomy and make them more intuitive and efficient.
The drivers, passengers interactions will become more personalized, conversational, consensual and relational, with emotional AI used for discovery, much like the devices we use daily.
The infotainment, advanced driver assistance, in both human or self-driven cars will radically enhance the driving and commuting experience in years to come.
So in other words, your connected car of the future will provide value by interacting with you on a positive level. It will give you feedback on how you look. It will cheer you up, persuade you to live a healthier life and eat better, to buy smarter and improve your emotional health. It will also provide you with the data you need to learn new subjects and why not review your kid’s homework with them on the way to school?
On a personal note, I am extremely happy with the electric car development. And I am especially excited about all the cool projects and people sharing a common concern for the environment and the sustainability of our planet. I see a bright future for the electric, and fuel cell connected vehicles.