Technology uses “predictive touch” artificial intelligence.
Reduces the time and effort needed to use the touchscreen by 50%.
This is part of JLR’s Destination Zero plan for safer and environmentally cleaner and healthier vehicles.
This new technology was developed by Jaguar Land Rover in collaboration with engineers from the University of Cambridge with the intent to create an infotainment system that not requires less attention but dramatically cuts down physical surface contact.
Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero vision is an ideology rooted in making vehicles safer and healthier. Already, JLR products can be equipped with such technologies as a Driver Condition Monitor, engine noise cancellation, and cabin air ionization with PM2.5 filtration to capture ultrafine particles and allergens.
The next step comes in the form of predictive touch which has shown in lab-tests and on-road trials to reduce a driver’s touchscreen interactions, be it effort or time, by up to 50%. Another benefit is that this will limit the of bacteria and viruses. The latter will be an important bonus for ride-sharing programs and their vehicles in a post-COVID-19 world.
Lee Skrypchuk, HMI Technical Specialist, JLR, said: “The technology also offers us the chance to make vehicles safer by reducing the cognitive load on drivers and increasing the amount of time they can spend focused on the road ahead. This is a key part of our Destination Zero journey.”
Most interesting is that this software-based solution for contactless interactions with screens can be integrated into existing touchscreens and interactive displays. The only caveat is that the correct sensory data must be available to support the machine learning algorithm.