A group of engineering students at the University of Cambridge in England developed a ‘talking’ car. Based on a Fiat Stilo, the prototype is able to signal mechanics in whether the car needs service or not and its current condition. Although the car doesn’t actually talk back, it transmits radio signal tags to engine components that can inform the staff about the working condition of specific parts.
The engine components also identify a part that haven’t been serviced yet and even determines if they are worth salvaging-including the car itself. Prof. Duncan McFarlane at Cambridge said that the team is discussing selling the technology to "a number of firms."
For now, we’re just making sure to keep our eyes peeled on that "Check Engine" light we’ve been ignoring for so long.