The Kirobo Mini is a robot, developed by Toyota, that is a companion of sorts that sits with you in your car as you go out on drives. No it doesn't take up the passenger seat -- this robot is so small that it can sit comfortable in your cup holder.
This robot is part of an effort by Toyota to look into how best to apply the latest artificial intelligence (AI) and human interaction research to vehicular technology. Much like some of the smartphone robots out there, the Kirobo Mini is quite responsive. It is able to respond to voice commands, can gesticulate to humans and can even detect drivers' emotions by studying their facial expressions through a camera.
Ultimately, the Korobo Mini's ability to read driver behaviour will inform "future innovations and developing transport that's in tune with the driver's mood".
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