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Self-driving cars could soon sense our emotions, thanks to this FAU researcher
A researcher from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has developed a new technology for autonomous systems that is responsive to human emotions based on machine-learned human moods. (WPEC)

A researcher from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science has developed a new technology for autonomous systems that is responsive to human emotions based on machine-learned human moods.

Mehrdad Nojoumian, Ph.D., inventor, and an associate professor at FAU patented this technology called “Adaptive Mood Control in Semi or Fully Autonomous Vehicles,” which can sense the mood of both the driver and passenger in a self-driving car.

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Using this system, a car can gather this information based on facial expressions, sensors within the handles/seats, and thermal cameras among other monitoring devices.

Dr. Nojoumian hopes this technology makes autonomous vehicles safer and more trustworthy for American consumers.

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