When Your Self-Driving Car Wants to Be Your Friend, Too

Honda unveiled one of the more ambitious—and fanciful—visions for AI in the cockpit at last week’s U.S. Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Its New Electric Urban Vehicle (NeuV) is a self-driving concept car that uses Honda’s talking Automated Network Assistant, or HANA, to analyze and respond to data the vehicle collects about driver and passenger preferences and behavior. HANA would essentially be a rolling virtual assistant in the mold of Amazon Alexa and the similar smartphone assistants that Apple, Google and Microsoft have programmed into their handsets.