Luxury car maker Cadillac has unveiled a new concept car that is loaded with biometric technology and is designed to be a social space on wheels.
The car – a personal autonomous vehicle (PAV) that is a part of Cadillac’s Halo portfolio – was announced at CES 2021, which is being held virtually due to the ongoing challenges being presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PAV pod concept uses biometric sensors embedded inside it to sense a passenger’s vital signs, using the data it collects to then make adjustments to the interior’s humidity, and to heat settings to maximize comfort. It also uses dynamic data to control the lighting, while also having an aromatherapy function as well.
Passengers can use voice interaction and hand gestures to control these settings, and a screen near the front of the vehicle (where the driver would be were it not a driverless car) can be used to display information about each passenger, including their biometric vitals, along with navigation details like the current route selected and how long it will take for the party to reach their destination.
There is also a feature that allows the riders to take a ‘hands-free’ selfie – presumably using an in-vehicle camera – with voice interaction as well.
Though details of how the vehicle is able to handle the task of taking photographs are not yet available, it’s likely that there is a fair amount of AI technology involved, as the smart car industry is one of the largest and quickest adopters of AI.
Source: Car and Driver