This might sound weird, but trust us, this new tech could actually be useful. Jaguar Land Rover, along with the University of Cambridge, is currently developing ‘touch-less’ touch screens, which could be coming to a future Jaguar and Land Rover luxury vehicle. The British luxury automaker says that this should make it easier to interact with a car’s infotainment system in the future. This new technology should also prevent the spread of COVID-19 due to the reduced physical interactions with the screen.
The patented technology, known as ‛predictive touch’, uses artificial intelligence and sensors to predict a user’s intended target on the touchscreen–whether that’s satellite navigation, temperature controls, or entertainment settings–all without touching a button. The pioneering system, developed with engineers at the University of Cambridge, is part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Destination Zero vision – a desire to make its vehicles safer and the environment cleaner and healthier.
One thing we can truly attest towards touch screens is its difficulty to operate when driving over poor road surfaces. The shaking motions make it hard for us while we drive to tap the option we want to select. This increases the risk of accidents.
Lab-tests and on-road trials showed that ‘touch-less’ touch screens could reduce a driver’s touchscreen interaction effort and time by up to 50 percent, as well as limiting the spread of bacteria and viruses.
The predictive touch technology uses artificial intelligence to determine the item the user intends to select on the screen early in the pointing task, speeding up the interaction. A gesture tracker uses vision-based or radio frequency-based sensors, which are increasingly common in consumer electronics, 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.
This isn’t the first time we’re witnessing gesture-based interaction with a car’s infotainment system. BMW has Gesture Control in its iDrive infotainment system, which is included in vehicles such as the BMW 5 Series. Jaguar Land Rover’s system takes it up a notch by using the gestures as a primary way to interact with the vehicle’s infotainment system.