But Will It Get You Into the Carpool Lane?

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Sunday, July 22nd, 2001

In a somewhat odd twist of new car

technology, IBM has developed

an electronic artificial passenger,

that tells jokes and engages you in

conversation, with the goal of preventing

accidents caused by drowsy drivers.

Among other measures, if the artificial

passenger decides you're dropping off

to sleep it may decide to open the

windows and spray you with icy water.