Artificial intelligence aims to endow the machine with a form of empathy, by giving it the ability to modulate its behavior with regard to the habits and moods of its user. So, one day soon, the GPS navigator in our cars will be able to modulate the tone of its voice, and even remain silent if it detects signs of driver fatigue and annoyance. What to avoid swearing.

Touch and voice, on the wheel and on the screen: Mercedes is increasing entry points

Better prioritizing information so that only the most important is released at the right time is a task that engineers at Daimler are passionate about. Their latest find? A heads-up display that superimposes virtual guidance arrows on the scene that scrolls through the windshield, directly in front of the driver’s eyes. The latter no longer needs to take his eyes off the road to consult the navigator’s map at the first of a difficult crossroads: he only has to follow the signs that light up before his astonished eyes. To some extent, it is as if a city hall employee had been informed of his passage and had drawn indications on the ground that only he, the driver, alone would be able to see. Magic !

On expressways, lane changes are suggested by means of large green arrows, similar to those found on a GPS in 3D mode. In town, they are replaced by blue chevrons that fly in tight formation as the car approaches the fork, to better indicate where and when to turn. This is literally putting the money where the mouth is, since the voice guidance is maintained, of course.

The degree of realism achieved is truly astounding. The combination of a very high resolution camera and an ultra fast processor manages to make these visual indications almost insensitive to the bumps of the road: it is as if the signs and[…]

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