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Toyota Patents Winking, Laughing, Crying Car

simoniker posted more than 9 years ago | from the international-sign-of-the-finger dept.

Patents 484

theodp writes "If the patent system ain't broke, don't fix it: The NY Times/IHT reports that four inventors working for Toyota in Japan have won a patent for a car that they say can help drivers communicate better by glaring angrily at another car cutting through traffic, as well as appear to cry, laugh, wink or just look around." The article goes on to describe "...a car with an antenna that wags, an adjustable body height, headlights that vary in intensity and hood slits and ornamentation designed to look like eyebrows, eyelids and tears."

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484 comments

What I want to know (5, Funny)

IncarnadineConor (457458) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804512)

is what part of the car is going to represent the middle finger

Re:What I want to know (1)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804547)

Would the stick shift count?

Re:What I want to know (1)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804819)

The knee.

Next question please.
Yes, you in the shirt...

Re:What I want to know (5, Insightful)

tambo (310170) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804834)

I suspect the primary claim of this patent reads: "A method of substantially increasing the frequency of auto accidents by adding distraction to the road, comprising..."

Seriously, what an awful idea. Yes, let's pay attention to the emotions of the cars around us. Because even after the advent of cellphones, food from drive-throughs, stereos, GPS devices, and in-car LCD screens - we're still paying WAY too much attention to our driving situation.

- David Stein

That's cool (0, Troll)

Hot Summer Nights (771962) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804513)

Yes.

Re:That's cool (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804679)

fucking japper cum-whore.

I just want to know... (5, Funny)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804520)

...would Herbie the Love Bug count as prior art?

For those who don't know... (2, Informative)

jmkaza (173878) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804615)

Herbie, the love bug [amazon.com]

Re:I just want to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804729)

UltraCar would.

Patent is hack of Herbie the Love Bug (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804801)

It definately sounds like a hack of Herbie the love bug. There are probably other lesser known instances of prior art to the patent in old issues of popular mechanics or some old wonders of technology documentary in black/white tv. This is yet another example that the patent system is broken.

if they can patent that.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804521)

can I patent a method of sticking a single finger out the window to express my frustration with other drivers?

Two Words: (5, Funny)

XCorvis (517027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804527)

Two Words:

Moon Roof

Doesn't this increase the danger? (4, Insightful)

Gentoo Fan (643403) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804532)

If you spend a few extra split seconds looking in the mirror at another car's "expression" then you are spending less time looking ahead of you.

Re:Doesn't this increase the danger? (4, Funny)

lukewarmfusion (726141) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804597)

Only if you take a picture of it with your camera phone.

Re:Doesn't this increase the danger? (3, Insightful)

NanoGator (522640) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804600)

"If you spend a few extra split seconds looking in the mirror at another car's "expression" then you are spending less time looking ahead of you."

And looking in the rear view mirror at the driver behind you is going to take less time some how?

Re:Doesn't this increase the danger? (1)

allism (457899) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804603)

Not to mention the extra time the driver of the emoticar is spending trying to get the right emotion to display...

Re:Doesn't this increase the danger? (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804724)

Not to mention the extra time the driver of the emoticar is spending trying to get the right emotion to display...

Next, they'll need voice recognition.

"Pissed!"
"That chick's hot, WINK! WINK!"
"Fuck, that cop is going to pull me over. CRY!"

LK

Re:Doesn't this increase the danger? (1)

dustinbarbour (721795) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804725)

not that anyone is gonna buy one of these monstrosities.. not that toyota would even build the things.

Re:Doesn't this increase the danger? (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804832)

Looking in the rear view mirror is a must for any driver. You should know as much about your environment as you possibly can.

Those split seconds aren't "extra"...if there's a car in your rear-view mirror, you should glance at it long enough to get an estimate of how far away they are. Are they too close? Will they hit you if you break suddenly? Absorbing a car's facial expression shouldn't require concious effort.

That said, I think it's a bad idea to start with. I've frequently driven in places where glaring at another driver will get you run off the road.

the new kids craze (5, Funny)

CmdrGoatse (800104) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804534)

2 tonne furbies on wheels

How long.... (5, Funny)

Rob Carr (780861) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804541)

...before the first news article "Driver of Glaring Car Shot to Death"?

how long? (1)

imthatguy (772683) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804700)

well its already happened.....in Japan!

Re:how long? (1)

Lord Kano (13027) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804776)

In Japan? What did he get shot with? A spitball?

LK

emotional ricer.... (5, Funny)

sickmtbnutcase (608308) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804542)

I wonder what expression a riced-out version will show when mom's minivan beats it in a drag race...

Re:emotional ricer.... (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804607)

Easy...

>_<

Re:emotional ricer.... (1)

gclef (96311) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804671)

It's already got the ability to "cry"...no problem.

Why not incorperate it to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804551)

the friggin cell phone that is glued to everyone's head.

I think I speak for everyone when I say (0, Flamebait)

NaCh0 (6124) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804553)

Totally gay.

Oh great (2, Insightful)

dacarr (562277) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804561)

Just what we need. All these hotrodders and riceboys that soup up their cars to bounce or sound like they go faster than they're going, and now we have the manufacturers participating in a slightly backhanded way.

Re:Oh great (1)

fox8118 (538985) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804775)

Just what we need. All these hotrodders and riceboys that soup up their cars to bounce or sound like they go faster than they're going, and now we have the manufacturers participating in a slightly backhanded way.


What? You mean that dealer lied to me when he said those stickers gave an extra 5 horse power?

Fargin Iceholes! (2, Funny)

Aerog (324274) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804563)

So does this include a speech distorter so it sounds like the car is screaming obscenities at the rest of the idiots out there?

I'd set mine to "Bender"

not good (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804564)

Great. One more thing for people to concentrate on instead of driving. People can't handle using their turn signals, is having a selector to show a dozen different emotions going to help any?

Herbie the Lovebug (0, Redundant)

LineGrunt (133002) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804568)

I believe Walt Disney can demonstrate prior art via the Herbie the Lovebug series of movies...

Duh!

LG

When is Microsoft going to patent... (0, Offtopic)

saskboy (600063) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804572)

When is Microsoft going to patent...
The crying computer?

Install Windows ME and Office XP on a Pentium 166MMX, with 64MB of RAM, and it'd cry too. Sorry, that would be me crying, so I guess the patent would have to be for computers that make humans cry...

And some flavour of Linux could patent a computer that gives out free beer.

Sadly... (1)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804631)

I believe Apple owns the patent to this.

Ever booted a (much older) Mac with a bad disk? Or shutdown improperly and cause loss of data? It cries!

The future is here! (4, Funny)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804574)

Wait... No, thats totally (for lack of better word, no offense to anyone) Gay. Very Gay. When are you going to make them fly like you promised in the 50's? Thats the future I want. I want a flying car with laser cannons! And missles that come out of the tail pipe! With a racing stripe!

Re:The future is here! (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804662)

If you can't think of a word better than 'gay', then I think you should go back to remedial English for a while before posting anywhere, much less /.

Call them automoticons (4, Funny)

khendron (225184) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804575)

Sounds like smilies for cars to me ;-)

Re:Call them automoticons (4, Funny)

zantispam (78764) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804704)

re: automoticons

Didn't the Autobots beat them up?

Re:Call them automoticons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804740)

and their slogan is going to be:

"does more than blink the eye"

Bah dum!

Thank you, thank you! I'll be here all week!

Prior art disclosure obligations and Benny (5, Funny)

Nakito (702386) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804579)

I hope the inventors complied with their duty to submit a copy of "Roger Rabbit" to the patent office. Benny the Cab anticipates every technology described in the article.

Re:Prior art disclosure obligations and Benny (1)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804767)

Not to mention Speed Buggy. (Was that the right name?) Vrooom-a-zoom-zoom!

thank god (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804583)

Finally, a patent that will block a BAD idea. Thanks Toyota!

As if my commute couldn't get worse... (3, Funny)

ibullard (312377) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804584)

...now I have to deal with being surrounded by crying cars on the way to work.

Screw that.

I want a chrome teeth grill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804589)

that will actually munch on other cars. An angry face just doesn't express my displeasure when someone cuts me off.

Like a lion about to pounce? (1)

Al Dunsmuir (758685) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804593)

Brings "Bite Me!" to a whole new level!

Re:Like a lion about to pounce? (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804735)

I like Hi. Cram it. [blackjackinc.com] better.

Incredible! (2, Funny)

Pendersempai (625351) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804595)

Hehehehe... Japan is so funny. Anthropomorphic cars. Hehehe... Can we order them with Garfield stripes?

Re:Incredible! (1)

JPelorat (5320) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804823)

Yeah, but your top speed goes to shit and you have to stop to fill up the gas tank 6 times a day.

And forget about swerving around any dogs in the road...

This is gonna look hilarious (2, Funny)

OOO0000OO0O0 (799394) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804598)

You know those Chevron cars? Those toy and clay model ones that they use in the commercials and you can buy at gas stations? Well, that's what I think is going to happen. I am going to be laughing my ass off and on during my entire commute if this thing was introduced heavily into the market. As such, it is important to provide safety controls for the drivers and passengers laughing their heads off and not concentrating on the road.

I propose that along with the car that has the expressions, when they get introduced into the general car population deep enough, that each be provided with a driver laughing restraint system, such as a swift kick in the balls by actuating the gas pedal or something.

In other news, a car gets indicted for sexual harrassment.

What kind of face . . . (1)

kmankmankman2001 (567212) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804599)

does it make when it's flattened by an SUV?

So instead of alternate fuels... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804606)

Instead the money is spent on making a car appear to have emotion. Why not just make a large magnifying glass or some other magnification device that allows other drivers to see the facial/ hand expressions of the drivers?

Then again...

Emotive crap. (1)

Fallen Andy (795676) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804610)

Oh. The beauty of our neuroses. Jeez. Doesn't this stuff just make you want to AARRGGH! I know it's end of july but pleeze Zeus (hey I live in Athens GR) can we have some real news

And? (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804613)

If the patent system ain't broke, don't fix it:

Snideness noted, but what exactly is "broke" here?

  • Prior art? I'm not sure Herbie counts.
  • Obvious? Like a lot of inventions, it's obvious after someone else has come up with it.
  • Stupid? Probably, but then don't buy one.

Patent critique? (4, Interesting)

k98sven (324383) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804619)

The patent system may be broken, but I don't really see how this would be an indication of it.

At least to me, this is not an obvious idea.

Unless of course, you have a Japanese sense of imagination. I'd trust the people who invented Domo-kun [corrupt.net] , Vending machines for 'used' underwear [photomann.com] and heated, self-deodorizing toilets [theplumber.com] to come up with just about anything.

Not obvious? (1)

porkchop_d_clown (39923) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804694)

Perhaps - but certainly not new.

Herbie the Love Bug [amazon.com]

and, of course, his cartoon brother,

speed buggy [melaman2.com]

I'll buy one when... (1)

ChipMonk (711367) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804620)

...it can star in a "Girls Gone Wild" video, flashing tits and drunk on jello shots.

Imagine... (1)

WD_40 (156877) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804629)

a beowulf cluster of these...

New Improved Christine (1)

Elsebet (797203) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804630)

"Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive." Now she will furrow her brows, headlights flashing in anger before running you over!

ABS disabled? What the hell? (1)

Ayandia (630042) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804632)

So far I haven't had any problems with just glaring angrily at the other drivers myself, and my car's unchanging and expressionless front-end doesn't betray my internal turmoil OR get me shot at.

They should get my stupid air bag and anti-lock brakes to work properly before they "humanize" cars.

Most needed expressions... (4, Insightful)

meganthom (259885) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804634)

Forget anger and letting people merge in front of you... Here's what I want my car to be able to express:

1) Oops!
2) New to area.
3) I'm completely lost.
4) Medical emergency.
5) Learner

How many times are we angry with people who just happen to be dealing with one of the above and who we would easily forgive if we knew as much?

Re:Most needed expressions... (1)

musikit (716987) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804713)

can i get a

6) stupid F***IN tourist go home!

Re:Most needed expressions... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804762)

This is actually a brilliant idea. +3 to awesome for you.

Re:Most needed expressions... (1)

solarwolf (755899) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804803)

You forgot one.
6) I'm old! Go around!

Road Rage (2, Insightful)

guitaristx (791223) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804649)

Shouldn't the idea be to decrease road rage? It's a great novelty idea, but nothing more. As someone already mentioned, it distracts drivers from watching the road. That's partly the reason why there are many restrictions (at least, in the US) about blinking lights, moving parts, etc., on vehicles. Personally, I think the little spinny-things on the rims are annoying enough, and I'm not looking forward to the car giving me the same head-tilted-back, lower-lip-stuck-out, looking-out-from-under-a-goofy-looking-hat, I-wanna-be-like-the-rappers-on-TV expression as the driver.

It'll never sell (1)

Bearpaw (13080) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804655)

Won't sell enough to mass-produce, anyway. Too many people revel in the emotional anonymity of riding in a metal box. If this really helped people communicate while driving, even in this limited second-hand way, they might have to acknowledge that they're sharing the road with other people, and they might be less inclined to drive so obliviously and/or obnoxiously to others. The market for that is way too small.

Re:It'll never sell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804741)

It's a japanese car. They will buy it whatever the cost.

I wonder... (1)

ZZeta (743322) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804661)

...what's the disappointed-of-the-USPTO glare...

Oh, wait, we (my car and me) never expected them to make any sense anyway....

Prior art (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804663)

Hey they patented "Speed Buggy!!!" now it'll never come back to saturday morning ;-(

Mike

The real question (1)

Guildencrantz (234779) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804668)

The real question, for me atleast, is whether or not it weeps for our future.

~~Guildencrantz

So, the patent office has never heard of (1)

porkchop_d_clown (39923) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804673)

herbie the love bug [amazon.com] ?

So it's on the front, right? (2, Funny)

HaloZero (610207) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804680)

That's great, really, but what I'd rather like/need is a way to communicate with those people behind me, who like to tailgate.

Something like, 'You do not have appropriate stopping distance. Back off, or I'll test my theory by way of brakes.'

here's an idea (1)

sickmtbnutcase (608308) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804761)

(If applicable) flip your rear window washer over so it sprays upward and fill it with oil.
Not saying I've done it. Just an idea.

Re:So it's on the front, right? (1)

MisanthropicProgram (763655) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804815)

Not only that, but I would like to apploogize sometimes. There are times, for whatever reason, I'll do something stupid. Sometimes, especially here in Atlanta, traffic is so thick that you can't help doing someone stupid sometimes. It would be nice to somehow say "I'm sorry" to someone.

I also really like your idea about the tailgaters. There's no excuse. Nine times out of ten, when I see an accident on the side of the road, it's a rear end collision. The tailgaters are also the people who bitch about the high insurance rates too.

Re:So it's on the front, right? (1)

unsung (10704) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804841)


I'd say that your brake lights are a good communication tool.

You can make a bumper sticker that says, "I brake for tailgaters."

Automobile voice chat (1)

dustman (34626) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804681)

I have always thought that a cheap sort of CB radio available in every car would be very useful to increasing driver courtesy.

Maybe the radio receivers could tell which direction a transmission was coming from, and provide cues to people in the car (by positioning the voice across the speakers, or something).

Or maybe that wouldn't be necessary, in Counter-Strike you don't necessarily know the location of your teammates, but the voice chat helps immensely.

I think one of the problems with driving, that causes a lot of stress, is that your interaction with other people is very impersonal, and what communication can be done is through a very narrow channel (flashing your lights, waving your hand, etc)...

How many times have you pulled to a 4-way stop slightly after someone else, but they aren't moving. You feel a little frustrated, you wonder what's wrong with the other guy. Then, after 20 seconds or so, you both move at the same time, now you're saying to yourself, "What's this idiot's problem?"...

But, if you pulled up slightly after him, and he said "oh, you go right through, I need to help my wife find the pen in the glove compartment", everything is much smoother.

I guess it probably couldn't happen for technology reasons, it might be too hard to make a good user interface... But, it would solve a lot of problems imo...

Re:Automobile voice chat (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804749)

I think you're on to something there. Maybe you should shoot it over to Onstar and see what they say. Have an option to talk with other Onstar users.

Re:Automobile voice chat (1)

Pxtl (151020) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804826)

Amen, I've always thought the same thing. How much road rage could've been averted if someone had apologised? How often have people wanted to say "go ahead"?

Conversely, how often have you wanted to pick up the blonde in the next car. Or warn oncoming traffic that you just passed a speed trap. Or call the guy puttering along in the fast lane a retarded road-turd.

Either way, this is long overdue. CB has numerous usability issues that come from its nature as a radio transmission. Maybe that could be fixed now with more modern techniques?

Driving is serious business. (1)

chocolatetrumpet (73058) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804842)

But, if you pulled up slightly after him, and he said "oh, you go right through, I need to help my wife find the pen in the glove compartment", everything is much smoother.

Driving is serious business.

Driving is not a time to help someone find a pen. It is time to follow the rules of the road. Don't mess with the rules, just follow them.

If you have other business to deal with, take care of it some other time.

Thanks,
A Decent Driver

Hmmm, Is This Good? (2, Insightful)

blueZhift (652272) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804683)

This certainly sounds like it could be useful, as generally more communication is a good thing. But from my own observations, I'm not entirely sure that the other driver knowing what I'm thinking/feeling is a good thing. I've had plenty of thoughts about the asinine driving of other people that probably would have resulted in fights rather than better understanding! I, of course, drive perfectly!

dayam i m getting one of those fo sho (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804697)

and i'm installing hydros on it yea!

Herbie nothing! Wonderbug! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804698)

Sounds more like Wonderbug (aka Schleppcar) from the Kroft show of the same name [70slivekidvid.com] .

Cute factor = +10 (1)

Audigy (552883) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804711)

OMG KAWAII!!! (sarcasm) ...Great, now cars can profess disgust and joy just like little virtual avatars in games like Ragnarok Online and Final Fantasy XI. ...though the concept is a little bit intriguing. I still need one of those scrolling LED signs to stick in my rear-view mirror. The possibilities are endless.

elementry school - police car VW bug did it. (1)

emptybody (12341) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804712)

in the 70's the cops would come to school and bring a tricked out VW bug. it had modified headlight eyes that winked and blinked and turned on command.
it had a modified hood mouth that opened and closed to "talk"
and the fenders would move too I think.
also had a hat :)

bAH! (2, Funny)

Piranhaa (672441) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804722)

I can see it now... "Driver slipped off icy road when tears (from car) landed on ice"

Yeah, whatever.... (5, Insightful)

hot_Karls_bad_cavern (759797) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804726)

how about increasing fuel efficiency? (yes, even more.

or making them safer (fundementally instead of bigger and heavier)

or better communication integration for the ever-pressed-to-the-ear cell phones

or better collision avoidance systems

or making headlights that can be "ub3r" that don't blind everyone on the road

Yeah, making sure the car has emotions and becomes more distracting is a stellar idea. Yesh.

Useless if you live in Boston (1)

neuguy (800394) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804727)

I drive in Boston every day, I would always leave it on heart attack angry face.

Adjustable body height (1)

Patik (584959) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804733)

Snoop Dogg's cars have had this ability for years.

There's an easier solution.... (1)

dcigary (221160) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804744)

...based on a routine I heard from a stand-up comic once:

"Every car should be required to have a cell phone, and the license plate is the phone number".

I can just imagine what kind of chaos that would cause...

Closely related (4, Insightful)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804763)

For a while now I've been meaning to build an LED display for the back of my car so I can flash messages like GET OUT FROM UP MY ASS and plain old FUCK YOU! to whoever's tailgating me.

how does that work? (2, Insightful)

dAzED1 (33635) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804784)

I posed a question when I submitted this story yesterday: they claim that the horn only sends one message, and doesn't allow you to thank someone who lets you cut in. How does a smile on the front of your car tell someone behind you thanks? I always found that a simple wave accomplished this quite well, myself.

Finally! (1)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804793)

It's about time a patent was issued for something *valid* for a change.

If this were compared to most software patents, it would be a patent for the concept of using an automatic transmission gear-shifter, decades after nearly every car has an automatic transmission.

"Awake" car (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804797)

An "awake" car would have "open shutters, headlights fringed with complementary 'eyebrows,' an erect antenna and brighter glass and exterior panels."

So it has an erect antenna and it's batting eyebrows uh? I'm sure this car has great pimping potential...

Chevron with Techron? (1)

greymond (539980) | more than 9 years ago | (#9804802)

Sure i'd get a car that showed emotion, but i'm a sucker for over-priced, non-essential, almost-useless-gadgets....BUT by the description I immediately thought of the Chevron with Techron commercials. First I thought - "hay if my car looked/acted like that it'd be kinda cool" but then I thought "Does this count as Prior Art? Could Chevron sue Toyota or some such lame as scenario?"

Quintessentially Japanese (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804811)

Man this is sooo Janpanese. Whimiscal, imaginative, fun, anthropomorphizing machinery, almost-makes-sense-but-totally-impractical.

How many reasons, here's 2:
- drivers already have way to much crud going on like cellphones, food, entertainment systems, etc; we don't need people spending time communicating by freaking semaphore with their neighbors on the highway at 60 mph
- more non-essential parts to break (we don't all drive new cars); what happens if the mechanism stops working in glare-mode, Am I gonna pay for rent or getting it back in smiley-mode?

BBC series addresses similar issue (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804812)

The BBC series with John Cleese entitled "The Human Face" [amazon.com] explores this notion a little bit. I'm not surprised at all that someone is trying to implement it.
It sounds like these engineers are trying to take what is essentially a blank stare (your hood/grill) and give it some (small) flexibilty. Most of the emoting we do while driving never makes it past the windshield, and we end up feeling like people are ignoring us. The simple ability to express ourselves and get some reaction in return may do a lot to lessen peoples' anger at other drivers. In any case, check out the DVD...

scared car? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#9804816)

When one of these cars is really scared, will it start leaking?
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