There are many factors weighing in on the future of auto makers and vehicle trends for this year. Like any industry there is a series of challenges expected with growth and change.
The cat-and-mouse game that defines existing vehicle security features could use an overhaul and the recent resurgence in artificial intelligence technologies is just the thing to deliver it. Today, the networks on wheels that are modern cars use anti-virus and other common software security technologies that identify known threats and try to quarantine some of the unknown ones. But this isn’t ideal in a dynamic area where new threats continually pop up.
Machine learning in the AI space lets computers learn without being explicitly programmed, getting more adept when exposed to new data. These cybersecurity systems are self-adapting and self-defending, creating ways to guard against new threats without any humans needing to program the system to identify specific incoming trouble. Among early adopters, these solutions should start appearing next year.
Toyota recently announced the Concept-i at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The concept vehicle promotes a welcoming, fun, and user-friendly automotive experience. Artificial intelligence (AI) creates a system that promotes a truly unique relationship between human and machine.
The concept car employs multiple tools to measure emotional states, which are analyzed against the driver’s travel plans, mixing mobility with life improvements. Not only that, but the AI-system uses advanced automated driving software to increase safety while on the road. This is achieved by combining visual and haptic stimuli to gauge communication decisions based on the driver’s responsiveness.
When the driver switches between manual and autonomous mode, the Concept-i continually monitors the driver’s attention and current road conditions. Avoiding the center console to display information, subtle rear-deck projectors show blind spot warnings, ensuring the driver is always attentive and alert.
“At Toyota, we recognize that the important question isn’t whether future vehicles will be equipped with automated or connected technologies,” says Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations at Toyota. “It is the experience of the people who engage with those vehicles. Thanks to Concept-i and the power of Artificial Intelligence, we think the future is a vehicle that can engage with people in return.”