When you’ve had a long day, or there is beautiful weather outside, sometimes you want to take a different route to your destination. Toyota’s latest patent suggests that may soon be possible in areas that you’re not familiar with.
The automaker has applied for a patent that would allow routes to be given emotional response tags for their particular attributes, just as users label blog posts, YouTube videos, and photos. The patent suggests that the cars could gain its tagging information while looking at a driver’s face and observing their biometrics. Other drivers could benefit from the information and use it to improve their own driving experiences.
For instance, if one driver’s heart rate is elevated while driving on a winding mountain road, another driver looking for an exciting drive off of the highway might be directed to that route. Drivers looking for a calming cruise might be directed to scenic routes that have lowered the heart rate of previous drivers.
If this technology sounds like a great idea, slow your horses a bit. This is a patent application, but there has been no comment from Toyota as to how or if this could be implemented in its vehicles. But keep your fingers crossed, and check out the also exciting navigation options available in the 2016 line of Toyota vehicles.