Symbiote – 4 Minute Pitch


Autonomy is the future. However, we are not there yet. People still don’t trust their cars. People trust their phones to take care of
personal data. They trust their computers to take care of sensitive information. However, they would be trusting a car with their life. On the other hand, there are some people who trust it too much, like this guy over here. Because of this, car manufacturers don’t actually trust drivers anymore either. Tesla Autopilot’s recent update now makes people hold the steering wheel at all times even in Autopilot mood, which is kind of
counter intuitive. This sets a very low bar for user experience in the automotive industry and gives us an opportunity to really disrupt the UX of the mobility. With that, Symbiote is creating new intuitive interfaces to help facilitate and build trust between human and machine. Let’s watch a demo of how that happens. How can we bring together human and machine? What happens when our cars can understand us? Symbiote brings emotion-sensing technologies to transportation, making driving in the future safer and more enjoyable. Symbiote determines your emotional state and alertness level by calculating your heart-rate, facial features and posture using computer vision algorithms. This helps your car understand you better. A dashboard on the car gives the driver a
sense of what information has been gathered, helping you understand your car better. The combination of the the emotion sensing
algorithms and the dashboard helps establish a sense of bidirectional trust between the
driver and the machine. Today, we are able to use Symbiote’s technology
to determine driver alertness level. If the driver is about to doze off, Symbiote
will alert the driver and, if the driver does not respond, Symbiote will try to slow the
car down and pull over. The driver needs to respond and demonstrate
his alertness level by carrying out a small exercise that takes just enough cognitive
effort to wake him up, but not enough to distract him. Tomorrow, when integrated into connected
cars, Symbiote could create meaningful interactions between the driver and the car. Feeling a little down? Symbiote would play music from your favorite
playlist, and roll down the windows for a nice breeze to match. In the future, autonomous cars would be able
to communicate with each other. Imagine a world where Symbiote is able to detect more complex emotions such as level of stress. Looking through your calendar, it could determine that you need to get to your destination faster and negotiate with other cars to move out of its way. With Symbiote, this is just the beginning. Emotion-sensing capabilities in vehicles will help shape the future of transportation. [Clapping sound]. So, we have established a really big opportunity here to not only solve the problem of trust in an autonomous vehicle but also really go above and beyond that. So, what we are trying to do is build a symbiosis between human and machine. That’s how we address our hierarchy of needs, that is safety, comfort and satisfaction. And here you can actually see a nice example of how these all fit well into our technical structure. The strategy that we are taking is we will be doing an iterative approach. With the first part of it we will building
an after market product and sell this directly to owners of luxury vehicles. Towards the end what we will be doing is trying to standardize the safety features that we have in all production vehicles. What we have is a very ambitious project and with that we have a very ambitious team. We are going to take this head on. Thank you!

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