Jaguar Land Rover claims to have developed contactless “touch screens” designed to help “reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses”. The British automaker, which created the system with help from Cambridge University, also says the systems will improve safety by keeping drivers’ eyes on the road.
The technology uses artificial intelligence and sensors to predict where the user’s finger would land on the screen, without the need for contact. JLR says its lab tests have shown the technology can reduce a driver’s effort and time to interact with the touchscreen by up to 50%, while limiting the spread of bacteria and viruses.
According to JLR, this technology will be of value in the months and years to come, as he believes that “greater importance” will be placed on safer and cleaner cars, in which “personal space and hygiene will result in premiums ”.
And the firm says the system will also give drivers more time to focus on the road, as conventional touchscreens can be tedious on uneven surfaces. The automaker says this means drivers using existing touchscreen technology must take their attention away from the road, increasing the risk of an accident.
“Touch screens and other interactive displays are something that most people use multiple times a day, but they can be difficult to use when they’re in motion, whether it’s driving a car or changing the road. music from your phone while you run, ”said Professor Simon Godsill. , from the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge. “We also know that some pathogens can be transmitted via surfaces, so this technology could help reduce the risk of this type of transmission.”
Meanwhile, Lee Skrypchuk, technical human-machine interface specialist at Jaguar Land Rover, said the technology could be used in other areas, as well as in the automotive sector.
“As countries around the world come out of lockdown, we are noticing how many daily consumer transactions are made using touch screens,” he said. “Railroad or movie tickets, ATMs, airport check-ins and supermarket checkouts, as well as many industrial and manufacturing applications. Predictive touchscreen technology eliminates the need to touch an interactive screen and could therefore reduce the risk of bacteria or viruses spreading on surfaces. “