Jaguar Land Rover develops contactless touchscreen

Jaguar Land Rover develops contactless touchscreen”

If touchscreens already seem futuristic to you, what about a touchscreen that you may not need to touch at all?

The new "Predictive Touch" technology will join the list of other innovative features by Jaguar Land Rover such as Driver Condition Monitor, engine noise cancellation and cabin air ionisation with PM 2.5 filtration to capture ultrafine particles and allergens, that have been developed keeping the passenger safety and well-being in mind.

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.

Jaguar Land Rover and Cambridge believe the technology will not only make driving easier but safer as well. Even better, the more you use the device, the quicker and more accurate it will become.

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The technology includes a gesture tracker that uses vision-based or radio frequency-based sensors to combine contextual information such as user profile, interface design and environmental conditions with data available for other sensors, including an eye-gaze tracker, to infer the user's intent in real-time. Studies by the university found that the touchless screens require 50 percent less effort to use. Moreover, the system is claimed to make it easier to select an item on a touchscreen when the auto is going over uneven or poor road surfaces that can often cause vibrations.

'Predictive touch technology eliminates the need to touch an interactive display and could therefore reduce the risk of spreading bacteria or viruses on surfaces. In theory, this would not only reduce the number of accidental inputs but keep the driver's attention focused on the road. "We also know that certain pathogens can be transmitted via surfaces, so this technology could help reduce the risk for that type of transmission".

This software-based technology has reached high readiness levels and can be seamlessly integrated into existing touchscreens and interactive displays via updates, so long as there are means to procure the sensor data needed for the AI to work efficiently. Jaguar Land Rover vehicles are already created to help improve passenger wellbeing, with innovations including a Driver Condition Monitor, engine noise cancellation and cabin air ionisation with PM 2.5 filtration to capture ultrafine particles and allergens.

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