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Mitsubishi Develops Predictive Agent to Anticipate Drivers' Needs


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Mitsubishi Electric shows off a prototype of its Ultra-easy HMI predictive agent.

Researchers at Mitsubishi Electric have developed a vehicle assistance system that can anticipate driver needs.

Credit: Tim Hornyak/IDGNS

Mitsubishi researchers are developing a vehicle assistant system that can anticipate driver needs when controlling car navigation systems and stereos.

The company recently unveiled a prototype of what it calls the Ultra-simple HMI (human-machine interface). The prototype consists of a driver's seat, steering wheel, and a heads-up display projected onto a windshield that presents three options for controlling the on-board navigation system, stereo, phone, and air conditioning. The system presents three likely choices selected by a predictive agent that anticipates what the driver wants to do based on user history as well as current conditions such as the vehicle's location or internal and external temperature. The driver can make selections by voice or by pushing buttons on the prototype's steering wheel.

"Drivers nowadays want to control the navigation system, audio system, phone, and air conditioner while driving," says Mitsubishi Electric's Katsunobu Muroi. "We want to reduce the number of driver operations for safe driving and to provide an easy-to-use interface."

The researchers say their interface can reduce the time it takes to operate onboard devices to less than 15 seconds while using just two operations, such as the push of a button.

From IDG News Service
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