Backseat drivers, sans the nagging, may be moving up front to the dashboard, that is is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gets its way with Aida--an artificial intelligence that learns your habits then offers helpful advise. Look for dashboard-buddies to start appearing in VWs and Audi's within seven years. R.C.J.
MIT researchers are collaborating with Volkswagen and Audi to develop an AI-based "driving buddy" that could help motorists avoid traffic jams or remind them to fill an empty gas tank. By observing a driver's habits, the artificial intelligence tool called AIDA (Affective Intelligent Driving Agent) learns routines and how best to assist with navigation and maintenance. AIDA is being developed by Audi and the Volkswagen Group of America's Electronics Research Lab in collaboration with MIT's Personal Robots Group along with its Media Lab and SENSEable City Lab.