Honda, SoftBank begin joint AI research for ’emotion’ cars

Cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology is essential for self-driving vehicles. Major automakers have been accelerating tie-ups with companies in other sectors to implement greater use of AI in vehicles that could one day offer advice on what to wear and even cheer up someone with a broken heart.Honda aims to equip its cars with an “emotion engine,” a piece of AI technology developed by a company under the SoftBank umbrella. The engine will be a practical application of AI that can “read” a person’s emotions and hold a conversation with them and express its own feelings.”We can make a product that people can feel affection for,” Honda R&D Co. President Yoshiyuki Matsumoto said at an event held by SoftBank in Tokyo on Thursday. Honda R&D is a development subsidiary of…


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