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Knight Rider cometh: Kawasaki building AI into its motorcycles

The Japanese motor industry giant has taken a page out of '80s action TV shows, with its in-development companion AI.


If you want to fight crime with an automotive companion, a la Knight Rider, we've got some good news -- Kawasaki is developing a learning, talking artificial intelligence for its motorcycles.

Although in the early stages of development, the new system, named the Kanjo Engine (which translates to Emotion Engine) is expected to provide ride-along companionship and driver status monitoring, all the while being able to understand and respond to natural human speech.

Think of it as an on-board Siri, one that learns to adapt to your personal driving style and habits.The AI technology is being developed in conjunction with Cocoro SB of the Softbank Group, who's responsible for the lovable Pepper robot.

The AI, through conversation, monitoring of the motorcycle's systems and driving behaviour, is expected to tweak elements like breaking and power.

It's not a crime-fighting Pontiac Trans Am, but it's a start.