Pretoria, 23 July 2020 – The new contactless touchscreen technology industrialized by Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Cambridge will assist the driver to focus on the road while reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses during COVID-19.
The patented technology, known as ?predictive touch’, With this function one doesn’t have to lift a figure, it uses artificial intelligence and sensors to control infotainment, from setting entertainment to controlling the temperature.
The pioneering system, which is part of the Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero vision, is developed with the purpose to make its vehicles safer and environment friendly, with the help of engineers at the University of Cambridge.
Even after the pandemic, Jaguar Land Rover promises to emphasis safety, clean mobility and hygiene. Its vehicles are manufactured to assist in improving the passenger’s security with modernizations which include a Driver Condition Monitor, engine noise cancellation and cabin air ionization with PM2.5 filtration to capture ultrafine particles and allergens.
With added technology like predictive touch, our focus to get in touch with the wider landscape of mobility and the manner in which customers connect with mobility services and infrastructure required to unite, autonomous vehicles in our cities, like Project Vector.
The Lab-tests and on-road trials disclosed that predictive touch technology reduces the spread of bacteria and viruses as it could decrease a driver’s touchscreen interaction effort and time by up to 50%.
The artificial intelligence regulates what the user wants to select on the screen by just pointing which speeds up the process. The gesture tracker utilizes vision-based or radio frequency-based sensors, to syndicate contextual information like your profile, interface design and environmental conditions including data available from other sensors, plus an eye-gaze tracker, which distinguishes what the user is looking for beforehand.
According to 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.”
The software-based solution for contactless interactions has impressively gotten to the upgraded technology stages and can cohesive with the existing touchscreens and interactive displays, but only if the correct sensory data is accessible to support the machine learning algorithm.
“Touchscreens and other interactive displays are something most people use multiple times per day, but they can be difficult to use while in motion, whether that’s driving a car or changing the music on your phone while you’re running. We also know that certain pathogens can be transmitted via surfaces, so this technology could help reduce the risk for that type of transmission.” said the Professor Simon Godsill from Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering.
- The annual Jaguar Land Rover Innovista Awards which honour ground-breaking ideas from all businesses included the predictive touch technology.
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