CNN.com — Clever car can improve your mood — Apr 7, 2005

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(CNN) — Having a bad Your car could help put you in a mood.

Japanese car maker is working with Stanford in the U.S. and Edinburgh-based company Media to create the car that can your feelings.

Toyota has unveiled a prototype of its Pod concept which has headlights that from bright to dull and color to indicate happy, sad or moods, depending on how the driver is feeling.

The Pod was pitched as a way for drivers to with each other, in an to prevent road rage. of communication between drivers on is commonly believed to be a cause of rage.

But Affective Media CEO, Jones, says the concept his is developing in conjunction with and Toyota is a more about in the driver’s mood than in the car’s appearance.

This is the generation of car, which can what mood you are in.

He said showed that a driver’s state affected how well drove: If they were they drove well and if were sad, they to drive worse.

Voice-recognition is increasingly being used vehicles, as drivers activate hands-free mobile phones driving and use navigation systems and CD activating them using

Identifying what mood the was in by detecting the emotion in their was taking things a step Jones said.

It’s not as as it sounds. We already use our voices for functions inside the car. about giving appropriate at the right time.

He said the car be able to detect, for example, if the was stressed about running and tell them the best route.


It would give information that would If they were in a hurry, the car work out the safer, faster instead of, perhaps, a scenic he said.

The in-car voice would to you in an attempt to improve the state of mood.

Jones said the would not act as a counselor to solve issues, but it would be more a best friend who could you up at the end of a long day.

Other improvers could include soothing music.

It would be able to detect whether the was drowsy by identifying signs as quiet, flat speech, and then trigger an alarm to the driver.

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Jones believed the car be on roads within three or years.

Affective Media specializes in emotion recognition technology, can be applied to a number of different not only for cars, but for call the computer gaming industry and phones.

The technology is effectively to read people’s emotions by listening to their voice, into consideration such as pitch, delivery rate and of speech.

A former university Jones co-founded his company in when he realized there was a demand for his research into recognition, which was at the time applied to animated movies.

In center environments, the company’s is being applied to detect callers become frustrated automated voice recognition and determine when they be put through to a real person.

When people are talking to a it’s not 100 percent fool-proof. It can be an experience for the caller.

Jones the technology was also being in interactive voice-based computer Emotion-recognition technology meant could react to what the were saying, depending on the detected in their voices.

He that as society became technology-based, the need for emotion more and more important.

of communication like text and email are void of emotion.

He the main aim of his company’s technology was to every day life more and relaxing.

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