Jaguar Land Rover Develops Contactless Touchscreen Tech

Jaguar Land Rover, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, has developed contactless touchscreen technology designed to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses.

The technology, known as ‘predictive touch’, uses artificial intelligence and sensors to predict a user’s intended target on the touchscreen.

Jaguar says that in the ‘new normal’ – once COVID-19 lockdowns around the world are lifted – a greater emphasis will be placed on safe, clean mobility.

The company claims that lab tests and on-road trials show the predictive touch technology could reduce a driver’s touchscreen interaction effort and time by up to 50 per cent, as well as limiting the spread of bacteria and viruses.

The technology uses artificial intelligence to determine the item the user intends to select on the screen, speeding up the interaction. A gesture tracker uses vision-based or radio frequency-based sensors to combine contextual information such as user profile, interface design and environmental conditions with data available from other sensors, such as an eye-gaze tracker, to infer the user’s intent in real time.

“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,” said Lee Skrypchuk, Human Machine Interface Technical Specialist, at Jaguar Land Rover. “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.”

Source: Motor Trader E-magazine (August 2020)

18 August 2020

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