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Interactive 3D dashboard maps the future of navigation

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 02:50

June 13 - Audi and MIT's SENSEable City Lab have teamed up to design the car navigation system of the future -- a 3D display that will sit on the dashboard. According to the design team, the new system will be programed to filter real time information allowing drivers to better navigate around a city. Ben Gruber reports.

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STORY: This is a prototype of what the dashboard of the future may look like. It's an Affected Integrated Driving Assistant, or AIDA 2.0, a 3D navigation system that can tell if you need a cup of coffee, order it for you, and direct your car to its pickup location. According to Carlo Ratti of the SENSEable city Lab at MIT, traditional GPS navigators are on the verge of being replaced by interactive devices that can process and filter information in real time. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CARLO RATTI, DIRECTOR OF THE SENSEABLE CITY LAB AT MIT, SAYING: "Today's navigators in your car sometimes are frustrating. You know, you decide to take a different route and the navigator will keep on telling you 'recalculating, please go back' so the question was can you have somebody as a navigator that is more like a friendly companion. Somebody that is next to you in the car knows where you want to go and will try to help you." The first version of AIDA was a robot that built a profile of the driver, learned his or her habits and made helpful suggestions about possible destinations. The new version has replaced the friendly robot with an interactive 3D map that can keep the driver updated on all kinds of data from traffic conditions to your best friends twitter status. MIT's Christian Kloeckl, who is heading up the project, says the new system can be controlled by hand gesture recognition, allowing drivers to manipulate the display by pointing a finger. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTIAN KLOECKL, RESEARCH SCIENTIST, MIT, SAYING: "So you remember the scene back then when we were using paper cards, paper maps and sometimes when you are alone in the car you did this adventurous method of putting the map on the dashboard while you are driving trying to follow that. Well, that's difficult because the map use to fall off from the dashboard and that is the difficult bit. That is what we are trying to achieve with AIDA but in a more integrated way. Bring the digital map where we can overlay information closer to where we see the physical city." And even though cities are bombarded with real time data, the team says AIDA can filter information according to the driver's preference.. But what happens if more than one person is in the car, let's say a man is driving with his wife in the passengers seat? Will AIDA know something as simple as 'the wife is ALWAYS right? (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSAF BIDDERMAN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE SENSEABLE CITY LAB AT MIT: "The computer has an ability to understand who the driver is and to direct the suggestions to them and to matching the right profile. If there are multiple people in the car especially a couple, we are not going to go there yet." Assaf Bidderman says they don't call it the SENSEable City Lab for nothing... Ben Gruber, Reuters.

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Interactive 3D dashboard maps the future of navigation

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 02:50