You might want to think twice if you’re going to complain about the air conditioning inside your car if it happens to be Honda’s new concept vehicle, because this thing can actually generate its own emotions.
Called the NeuV, the Japanese car is “a concept automated EV commuter vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) called ’emotion engine’ that creates new possibilities for human interaction and new value for customers,” according to Honda.
In a partnership with telecommunications company SoftBank, Honda developed a series of sensors and cameras that allows the NeuV to read a driver’s emotions and engage in casual conversation. The idea is to give car owners a more enhanced way to “grow up” with their vehicle and share experiences over years of use.
The small, fully electric automated NeuV will be showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017, though Honda has yet to provide a timetable for when the car will be put on the market for consumers.