Japanese Develop Autonomous Car to React to Voice, Motion

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Nagoya, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese team including Nagoya University said Thursday that they have jointly developed an autonomous car that responds to the voice and motion of the person in the driver's seat.

The person in the driver's seat can navigate the vehicle to a destination by communicating with the car with his or her voice, facial motions and gestures, said the group, also including Tokushima University and automotive parts maker Aisin Seiki Co. <7259>.

The autonomous car, equipped with cameras and sensors, can take people where they want, just like a taxi, the group said.

Furthermore, the car can answer questions such as the name of a building seen from the driver's seat, by analyzing the direction of the eyes of the person in the seat and referring to map information.

"We hope to expand the application of this technology," including to industrial machines, Nagoya University Prof. Kazuya Takeda said at a press conference.

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