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Toyota's Kirobo, your new digital copilot, makes us smile in Tokyo

This little guy may be of dubious usefulness, but he sure is cute.

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Meet Kirobo Mini! He's here in Japan at the CEATEC show.

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He's an adorable little guy that that can ride along in your car and interact with you.

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And, he's small enough that, in his little chair, can fit right in your cupholder!

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The idea is to give you a friend to talk to while you're driving, even if you're alone.

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He connects to an app running on your phone and so can answer simple questions.

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At least, he can if you know Japanese, as he doesn't speak English.

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He can also move his eyes and look around, supposedly recognizing people and reacting appropriately.

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He'll even wave his little arms and try to cheer you up if you're feeling down.

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Which shouldn't be hard given how cute he is.

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Despite his limited usefulness, he won't be cheap. He'll cost 39,800 yen (around $390, £300 or AU$500), and that doesn't include a $3 monthly service charge.

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Small price to have this guy as your copilot.

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