IBM freewheels with its Artificial Passenger

Long car journey ahead? Worried about dropping off at the wheel? Well, fear not, because if you are too lazy/ stupid to open a window or turn up the stereo yourself, Artificial Passenger will do it for you.

Designed at IBM’s New York research centre, the in-car software fires questions at drivers showing signs of fatigue, including, ‘Who was the first person you dated?’.

If you can’t remember your first snog and respond with a ‘flat voice’, rather than veer on to the hard shoulder, that is proof enough of lethargy and you will get water sprayed in your face or, worse, a joke.

If this isn’t your bag, try a can of RAC 124, which contains the 124mg of caffeine recommended by the Highway Code for sleepy drivers.

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