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Friday, 6 November 2009

'Groan'

Still down in the dumps and this has done nothing to alleviate the mood:
‘We are developing Aida to read the driver’s mood from facial expression and other cues and respond in a socially appropriate and informative way.’
Over time, the project envisions a kind of symbiotic relationship developing between the driver and Aida, where both parties learn from each other and establish an affective bond.


It fits in very tidily with the EU surveillance box
Although the plan is to initially introduce the technology on a voluntary basis, Kompfner conceded that for the system to work it would need widespread uptake. He envisages governments making the technology mandatory for safety reasons. Any system that tracks cars could also be used for speed enforcement or national road tolling.
Roads in the UK are already subject to the closest surveillance of any in the world. Police control a database that is fed information from automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, and are able to deduce the journeys of as many as 10 million drivers a day. Details are stored for up to five years.
Advice to ministers obtained by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act advocates upgrading to a more effective car tracking-based system, similar to CVIS technology, but warns such a system could be seen as a “spy in the cab” and “may be regarded as draconian”.
Introducing a more benign technology first, the report by transport consultants argues, would “enable potential adverse public reaction to be better managed”.
Same old, same old function creep.  And that 'more benign technology', I suppose, is where our Aida comes in.  I wonder how 'she' feels about smoking in cars,  which music does she prefer?  At least we know she'll be able to join in those games of I-Spy.

More on the CVIS project.


 
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