Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with the University of Cambridge to produce an all-new, ‘contactless touchscreen’ infotainment system, which the firm claims can keep drivers focused on the road and limit the spread of bacteria and viruses.
The technology pairs JLR’s new infotainment screen for the Defender with an array of driver monitoring sensors – including a vision-based gesture tracker, an eye-gaze tracker and radio frequency-based sensors.
Drivers can select functions by hovering their finger roughly over the correct widget on the touchscreen and the car’s artificial intelligence system will figure out the user’s intent, even if they’re being thrashed about the cabin by potholes, pockmarks or speed bumps.
Lab tests and on-road trials have shown that JLR’s predictive touch technology could reduce the amount of time a driver spends physically interacting with the infotainment screen by as much as 50 percent, in theory, increasing the amount of time spent looking at the road and decreasing the risk of an accident.
Jaguar Land Rover also says its new contactless infotainment system could offer sanitation benefits, by removing the physical connection between the driver and screen and reducing the spread of germs and bacteria.