Cockpit concept learns driver's habits

May 22, 2013 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Automotive supplier Visteon Corp. has developed a cockpit concept that incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques to deliver an enhanced driving experience: Machine learning algorithms, cognizant of the specific driver and the surrounding environment, are able to suggest a different route to or from work when there are traffic stalls on the regular way or adjusts cabin temperature based on the driver's preferences.

In order to offer these features Visteon is using what it calls Human Bayesian Intelligence Technology (HABIT). This system continually learns as it processes a driver's selections of climate temperatures, radio stations, phone call tendencies and other unique behaviors depending on the outside temperature and time of day. It factors in the individual’s historical inputs to present a human-machine interaction (HMI) that is customized for the driver. The system also learns the driver’s tastes -- even when he or she is not in the vehicle. For example, HABIT registers activity like music that the driver has listened to using his or her on-line music library or Internet radio.

During a recent research clinic, more than 70 percent of survey respondents had a positive initial reaction to the HABIT concept, Visteon says. Respondents liked the anticipatory learning of the system and the natural voice interaction, combined with voice shortcuts, which aligned with their expectations of voice commands similar to the ones on their smartphones and other devices. Visteon’s cockpit concept incorporates high-end graphics and animation designed to improve interaction with mobile devices.

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