CHAPTER 8

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Hey There: Connected Cars in Conversation

True love is a lack of desire to check one’s smartphone in another’s presence.

—ALAIN DE BOTTON ON TWITTER

When you are driving, you are constantly checking your surroundings and communicating with other road users—a look into the rear-view mirror, a nod to another driver, a gesture to a pedestrian, flipping off the guy who cut you off. People are very versatile and inventive communicators. Language and gestures have evolved and changed over the millennia, but they regulate our lives. Although the intentions are not always clear and unambiguous, we usually get the drift. Mostly.

But how do vehicles ...

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