Jaguar Land Rover has come up with a nifty new contactless infotainment system to help reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses as well as improve road safety.
The patented ‘predictive touch’ system – developed with the University of Cambridge’s engineering department – uses AI and sensors that predict which button a user is going to touch without them having to press it.
It will control infotainment features such as the sat nav, media and temperature controls, tracking hand movements via vision and radio frequency sensors.
JLR says lab testing and further trials have shown that predictive touch could help cut a driver’s touchscreen interaction by up to 50 per cent, meaning less likelihood of virus and bacteria transmission.
The system also makes life easier on rough terrain or poor roads, reducing the potential for distraction, as using infotainment systems while driving on uneven surfaces often means the driver spends more time focusing on the screen than they should.
Lee Skrypchuk, human machine interface technical specialist at Jaguar Land Rover, said: ‘As countries around the world exit lockdown, we notice how many everyday consumer transactions are conducted using touchscreens: railway or cinema tickets, ATMs, airport check-ins and supermarket self-service checkouts, as well as many industrial and manufacturing applications.
‘Predictive touch technology eliminates the need to touch an interactive display and could therefore reduce the risk of spreading bacteria or viruses on surfaces.
‘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.’
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