Designing safe context-aware AI assistants for car drivers

November 14, 2019 // By Julien Happich
AI assistants
Researchers at KAIST have developed AI technology that automatically detects safe moments for AI agents to provide conversation services to drivers, ensuring it only intervenes appropriately without impacting driver safety.

Their research focuses on solving the potential problems of distraction created by in-vehicle conversation services. If an AI agent talks to a driver at an inopportune moment, such as while making a turn, a car accident will be more likely to occur. Indeed, in complex driving situations, the cognitive burden of multitasking negatively influences the quality of the service provided by the AI assistant, users being more distracted during certain traffic conditions.

To address this long-standing challenge of the in-vehicle conversation services, the team introduced a composite cognitive model that considers both safe driving and auditory-verbal service performance and used a machine-learning model for all collected data.
The combination of these individual measures is able to determine the appropriate moments for conversation and most appropriate types of conversational services.

For instance, in the case of delivering simple-context information, such as a weather forecast, driver safety alone would be the most appropriate consideration. Meanwhile, when delivering information that requires a driver response, such as a “Yes” or “No,” the combination of driver safety and auditory-verbal performance should be considered.

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