Germs be gone!
The world is reeling from the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic which has heavily disrupted the automotive world, with car shows, new model launches, and even production lines being halted in order to guarantee the safety of individuals involved in the industry. Despite the surge in new cases, manufacturers have decided to take the fight to the front lines, and companies such as Tesla have declared war on the virus by proposing using parts of its Model 3 to build ventilators, and even Lamborghini has joined the cause.
Jaguar Land Rover is the latest company to join the fight and is developing cutting edge contactless touchscreen technology to help fight the spread of harmful bacteria and viruses. Jaguar's 'Predictive Touch' uses artificial intelligence and sensors to control infotainment systems without the need to physically touch the screen.
The new technology has been developed with help from the University of Cambridge and is part of Jaguar Land Rover's Destination Zero vision to make its vehicles cleaner and more environmentally friendly. "Predictive touch technology eliminates the need to touch an interactive display and could therefore reduce the risk of spreading bacteria or viruses on surfaces," says Lee Skrypchuk, human-machine interface technical specialist, Jaguar Land Rover. The new tech goes hand in hand with the company's other advancements in pollen and dust filtration, as well as driver condition monitoring.
The new tech makes use of artificial intelligence to determine human intention. A gesture tracker uses vision-based or radio frequency-based sensors to combine contextual info and environmental conditions with data provided by other sensors such as the eye-gaze tracker. The system has reached high readiness levels and will be able to be seamlessly integrated into existing touchscreen displays on current models such as the F-Pace.
"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," Skrypchuk concludes.