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Jan
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Is that an Android phone tailgating you? No, that's just the operating system in your rear view mirror. Robin Labs, which previously made headlines with its Yahoo-optimized voice assistant, is at CES with Pioneer to show off a new smart rear view mirror called the Drive Agent Mirror. It runs Android with Robin's natural language voice recognition system built-in. Yes, it's probably as strange as it sounds.

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The mirror is a little wider than average, but it looks otherwise normal when the display is off. When the embedded Android system is online, the left third of the mirror lights up with a semi-transparent display. You can still see reflections in it, but the interface is also visible. The display is a touchscreen, but the main mode of interaction is intended to be voice, and that's where Robin Labs comes in. The customized menus can be navigated by voice with Robin Labs' technology so you keep your hands on the wheel.

The Android-powered mirror is intended for tasks like navigation, messaging, and entertainment. Pioneer thinks having all that in the mirror will be less distracting than mounting a phone to your dashboard. Although, it places the road more outside your field of vision when you stare at it. The mirror is part of Pioneer's line of Networked Entertainment Experience devices. It's unclear if the Drive Agent Mirror will come as an option in your next car.

[TechCrunch]

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  • Cesar

    This isn't nearly distracting enough. What I need is for my windshield to run android so I can watch youtube while driving.

  • jjrudey

    The rearview mirror is more in my field of vision than the typical place for the stereo is. And where I live, it's illegal to have anything besides the mirror on your windshield/dashboard. So it seems pretty interesting.

  • David Hart

    Why not make the phone portion of the lass matte?

    • Gabernasher

      Because matte mirrors aren't as shiny.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I want two of these, one on each side of the mirror, so I can play tiny Starcraft multiplayer with the passenger.

    • Unknown182

      PONG!

  • vgergo

    Looks dangerous

  • mlj11

    Who could've seen this coming?

    I expected Android on thermostats, ovens, and even sex toys (just you wait and see) - but rear view mirrors..? Seriously?

  • beboo

    it's cool but with the new Volvo self-driving cars or it 'll be a disaster :D

  • Tatsuya

    I'm dying to use it to use it dying.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    wooooow this is tough

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I have mixed feelings. it makes sense as it's a place I'd frequently be looking anyway, but I feel like most of the things I'd be doing with it require more than the quick glance that the rear view mirror is most useful for. As something to stare at for directions or information for a few moments, it's honestly in a worse spot, I think. But I like how it doesn't block anything that wasn't already being blocked by the mirror.

  • Bob G

    Hooray! Nothing safer than looking askew and poking your rear view mirror while driving!

    Although this might actually make some people finally use their rear view mirrors.

  • GraveUypo

    between this, that pioneer bs, smart fridges and such, i can it looks like interactive screens are the next most important thing after water, food and air for humans to function.

    if you're going to put screens and camera on everything, make sure you're doing it to acomplish something, not just because you can.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwUa14mNNhY

    see this?
    that's a cool use for cameras and screens.

  • GraveUypo

    between this, that pioneer bs, smart fridges and such, i can it looks like interactive screens are the next most important thing after water, food and air for humans to function.

    if you're going to put screens and camera on everything, make sure you're doing it to acomplish something, not just because you can.

  • Udayan Banerji

    They should make an Android game for this with a crosshair to aim at a tailgating car and a car attachment with ammo to hit it. Name it Angry Drivers.

  • Asphyx

    I has a Navigation system in my Car that displayed on the Rear View and it's not distracting at all.
    The only issue with this is where will the Data come from? Will my Car need a SIM chip too? LOL

  • abobobilly

    Use the front facing camera of this rear view mirror, to scan the faces of your passengers in a cab ... to find terrorists or lesbians.

    Could be fun.

  • Johnny Bravo

    Ohhh, Ingress time

  • MistiXF

    17 y.o.+Android in rear-view mirror. Excellent idea(!)

  • james kendall

    That's just idiotic and would be illegal in some states.

  • master94

    WTF? People come on, if you allow this you better remove the ban on Google glass in the car.

  • Erik Tomlinson

    The wider form-factor of this mirror will make the visors on a lot of cars hit the mirror instead of passing by it when attempting to flip the visors down to glare protection. Not ideal.

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