By Tuan Nguyen
Posting in Technology
AIDA can automatically sense where a driver is headed and use that information to advise on how to get there quickly.
A couple years back, a research team made up of tech geniuses at MIT gave everyone a sneak peak at a project they hoped would revolutionize the driving experience.
AIDA, a highly intuitive navigation technology, can sense where a driver is headed and use that information to advise on how to get there quickly or inform the person of places nearby that may be of particular interest.
For the most part, the dash-mounted robot was cleverly conceived, except that it developed inferences about your preferred destinations and routes by probing and analyzing your facial expressions -- which can kind of creep some people out. It also exhibited the typical herky-jerky robo-movements that can be pretty distracting when you're trying to keep your eyes on the road. Since then, the researchers have scraped the device and replaced it with a system that turns the car's dashboard into a real-time interactive 3-D driving map.
However, the concept behind the rebooted AIDA 2.0 can be viewed as either more intrusive or a really neat way to grab some nachos on the way home from work since the entire dashboard area -- which includes the instrument panel, car radio and rear view mirrors -- is transformed into a super-sized Garmin.
The system is controlled using hand gestures, and like the robot version, it uses onboard sensors to automatically learn an individual's driving patterns all the while gathering information on local businesses, shopping districts, tourist and residential areas, as well as real-time road conditions like traffic jams. All this is done so that AIDA can tell drivers what they want to know when they need to know it.
Below are the demos of the earlier and newer versions of AIDA. Which do you prefer? Or would you rather stick to a less flashier standard GPS device?
AIDA Robot demo:
AIDA 2.0 demo:
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May 3, 2011
This is hot MIT. I rely heavily on my Motorola Droid X window mounted to listen to music receive calls handsfree and drive around areas in NC I'm not familiar with being a born and raised NY'er. My only advice to y'all as an Avant Garde art!st is the view should be at E.L.L. (eye level line) to prevent down ward glances by drivers that at high speeds or city driving can be troublesome as things happen in a fraction of a section. Your on the right track and many people may just not want change and prefer to keep their head in a map book or the phone plastered to their ear. But anything that removes the incoming data further back in your field of view is welcome as I believe the other methods (cell to the ear) shorten your field of view which is what it's all about while receiving data!
That seems overwhelming. First is the size of the graphic. I don't need a GPS display to take up the whole dashboard. If they could devise a head-up display that would superimpose the route onto the actual road, it might be helpful, because I wouldn't have to look at a small GPS to decide whether it was telling me to turn at the current or next intersection. The difficult task there is taking into account the driver's point of view to make the route line appear in the proper place. I would not want the device to display the information about what is close-by unless I was actually looking for something. (I'm referring to the image showing a party at a nearby house.)
I find that it could be very helpful finding your way around, easy to follow where you are going and turns coming up. But the pop ups have to go. They would be too distracting. Ever notice how something that suddenly appears in your sight draws your eyes? This will cause a lot of accidents. Another possiblity would be to have the driver able to size the display. Maybe the complete dashboard might be too much and want a smaller area. In any case, a geeks wonder.
There are already enough distractions to driving without my dashboard contributing. I recently went looking for a replacement radio for a 21-year-old car. I gave up. They all look like video games.
Sorry, but that concept is even more distracting than what we have today, and that's bad enough. I don't see that as becoming a reality until we get to the point that our cars can drive themselves and all we have to do is tell it where to go.
This MIT team does not inspire confidence... do they live on campus and not drive? :-) First their bizarre (dash-mounted) backseat-driver robot complete with its own emotional face expressions, and now this. The cost to turn everything into a map must be enormous, but it's also pointless. This system knows where you're going, knows what businesses are around you, knows the traffic? So do existing GPSes! You can stick one of the newest Garmin GPSes on your dash and it will learn your driving patterns and guess where you want to go. In exchange for uploading your driving data, you get to download estimates from others' data about traffic at different times/days of the week to be incorporated into navigation. Real-time traffic updates can also be used for the areas that support it. The device also has data on millions of points of interest. So... what exactly does this turn-your-whole-dashboard-into-a-map boondoggle offer that a $200-$300 GPS doesn't? Oh yeah - the lack of an ability to put it in your pocket and take it with you. :-( These MIT folks are wasting the school's money on increibly impractical reinventions of the wheel and are also embarrassing the school.