Toyota Reveals New Pod Concept Car with exceptional Toyota PartsWritten by Jenny Mc Lane
Toyota has already unveiled a prototype of its Pod concept car, which has headlights that fade from bright to dull and change color to indicate happy, sad or angry moods, depending on how driver inside is feeling. In a joint effort with Stanford University in U.S and an Edinburgh based company Affective Media, carmaker giant Toyota has made another leap into making a car that can read one's feelings.
Research showed that a driver's emotional state affected how well they drove: If they were happy, they drove well and if they were sad, they tended to drive worse. "This is next generation of car, which can detect what mood you are in," said Affective Media CEO, Christian Jones. Identifying what mood driver was in by detecting emotion in their voice was taking things a step further, Jones said. "It's not as sci-fi as it sounds. We already use our voices for different functions inside car. It's about giving appropriate information at right time." The in-car voice would talk to you in an attempt to improve state of your mood. The technology would not act as a counselor to solve complex issues, but it would be more like a "best friend" who could cheer you up at end of a long day," added Jones.
The technology can let drivers to communicate with each other, in an effort to prevent road rage. The absence of communication between drivers on road often led to road rage. An alarm is triggered off to rouse driver whenever it detects driver is drowsy, quiet and with flat speech Jones believed that "It would give certain information that would help. If they were in a hurry, car would work out safer, faster route instead of, perhaps, a scenic route,"
Car Art in Many FormsWritten by Rosana Hart
Ever since first car was produced, it's been an art object as well as a practical device. We love to look at all sorts of cars. We care about our own cars and we are very aware of what they say about us and our tastes. A red sports car makes a very different statement from a gray van.
Why do we spend so much time and money keeping up finish of our cars? Again, it's an artistic matter, perhaps a combination of pride of ownership with knowledge that people somehow identify us with what we drive around in.
Car art isn't limited to just cars themselves. There are many forms of art that use cars. Whether or not you consider advertising an art form or a nuisance, many ads for cars -- or for other things but using cars in them -- are a significant part of history of car art.
Another form of car art is movies. Films use cars in them, to further plot of course, but also to make statements about who characters are. A lot of wild rides you can enjoy vicariously in a movie or TV show would not be fun in person! Well, they might be, but they are beyond reach of most people.