Kirobo Mini - Your Dashboard Droid

Kirobo Mini is determined to help you drive safely!


(Kirobo Mini safe driving robot)

He’s not even four inches tall. He’ll talk and gesture and respond to your emotions—a common trait in Japanese robots nowadays, like Pepper, who we’ve reported at length. And Toyota’s hoping that Kirobo Mini will keep you safe, perhaps by keeping you from daydreaming and driving off the side of the road. It’ll say stuff like “Oops!” if you slam on the brakes, or start talking if it senses a dip in the conversation.

“You’ll try to drive more safely, as if you were with a friend or family member,” Fuminori Kataoka, Kirobo Mini’s project manager, told Tech in Asia. “We’re focused on raising the awareness of the driver, rather than direct safety functionality.”

Luke Skywalker never flew his x-wing without his faithful droid R2-D2, right, science fiction fans?


(R2-D2 helps Luke Skywalker)

Via Gizmodo.

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