Jaguar Land Rover demos new ‘touchless’ touchscreen

With the ‘new normal’ in mind, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) unveiled its new contactless touchscreen that uses ‘predictive touch’ technology to anticipate what button the user will press, activating the function without the need to touch the display.

The new ‘touchless’ touchscreen, developed by JLR in partnership with the University of Cambridge, is designed to reduce the risk of spreading viruses and bacteria—widely considered a necessity in a post-COVID-19 world.

The said tech is also expected to help keep driver’s eyes on the road, using a combination of artificial intelligence and sensors to predict a user’s intended function on the screen, from satellite navigation to entertainment controls and more, before skin comes in contact with plastic.

In the ‘new normal,’ when greater emphasis is placed on safe and clean mobility where personal space and hygiene is concerned, JLR hopes to be at the forefront of technologies designed to help improve passenger wellbeing, and the contactless touchscreen is just one of many other such systems. Other innovations unveiled very recently include the Driver Condition Monitor system that detects early signs of drowsiness, and cabin air ionization with PM2.5 filtration that captures ultrafine particles and allergens.

Naturally, before rolling out the new contactless touchscreen, JLR had the system undergo arduous lab-tests and on-road trials. The result? JLR found that the predictive touch technology can reduce touchscreen interaction effort and time by up to 50 percent.

“Predictive touch technology eliminates the need to touch an interactive display and could therefore reduce the risk of spreading bacteria or viruses on surfaces,” said Lee Skrypchuk, Human Machine Interface Technical Specialist at Jaguar Land Rover. “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.”

Destination Zero represents JLR’s present and future mission of developing vehicles that produce zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion in the near future.

The company didn’t release any info on which models the new contactless touchscreen system will appear first, but it does showcase its capabilities in a demo video.

Photo/s from Jaguar Land Rover

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