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With Facial recognition technology, cars will detect your emotions – ET Auto

That day is not far away when our cars will recognise our faces. Progress in facial recognition technology means machines can not only identify different people but also how they are feeling. This means the next generation of automobiles may contain features that scan drivers’ faces for fatigue or other signs of weakness.

Firms, including Boston-based Affectiva, are already developing software to help the automobile industry integrate such technology. According to CEO Rana el Kaliouby, software that reads emotion is not focused only on drivers, but on passengers, too.

This will mean that manufacturers may come to build vehicles that may adjust comfort factors like heat, lighting, and entertainment based on visual cues from their individual occupants. “It’s really important technology not only have IQ, but lots of EQ too,” said el Kaliouby, speaking on Tuesday morning at Fortune‘s CEO Initiative in New York.

She added that building empathy into machines is especially important given that humans use words for only 7% of their communications. The other 93%, el Kaliouby says, consists of vocal intonations, expression, and body language.

While the auto industry appears well-suited to integrate emotion-reading software, it is just one business where facial recognition could have a big impact.

According to el Kaliouby, the personal care industry could also benefit from the technology. She described a scenario where a nurse works with a team of empathetic robots to take care of patients.

However, such scenario may also heighten fears of machines replacing humans—especially as the ability to understand emotions is what differentiates us from robots. But el Kaliouby said this should not be concern.

“It’s not a competition between humans and machines. It’s more like a partnership,” she says, claiming that people will always be the ones in charge of the machines.

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