New Shape-Shifting Autonomous Car Learns Your Behaviors and Preferences

Monday, 12 September 2016 - 12:48PM
Monday, 12 September 2016 - 12:48PM
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This is like a more sentient version of the Batmobile. The new shape-shifting autonomous car, the Mini Vision Next 100, actually learns your driving behaviors in order to morph to your specifications.

The Mini Vision Next 100 is intended to be part of a car-sharing future, in which the cars would drive around on their own and be essentially be owned by everyone. Then, when an "owner" enters the vehicle, parts of the exterior transform depending on his or her preferences, and even beams you a personalized greeting as you approach it (because that's not creepy at all). Then, inside the car, a colored instrument called the Cooperizer communicates with the driver by turning different colors, changing the "mood" of the drive from "gentle and relaxed" to the "super-charged" sports mode.

But even crazier, the car actually learns your specific preferences and driving behaviors, shifting external and internal features when it recognizes you. The Cooperizer also has an "Inspire Me" feature, which allows you to experience the driving preferences of your friends, family, and "creative visionaries." Then, when you're finished, the car drives itself to a service hub, and gets itself ready for the next "owner."

While many autonomous vehicles imagine a world without drivers, Mini allows you to drive the vehicle while you're in it. Instead, it imagines a world where car ownership is obsolete, hence the motto "Every MINI is my MINI."

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"In the future, fans of the brand will be able to call on a MINI tailored to their personal requirements where ever they are, day or night," Mini told Autoweek. "The Mini of the future will be available 24/7, able to pick its driver up from their desired location in a fully automated way and will adapt itself to the driver's individual tastes, interests and preferences. At the heart of this concept is fully connected digital intelligence."
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