It will be capable of trying to read the brainwaves of the driver to detect whether the person behind the wheel is distracted, tired and/or daydreaming. If a problem is discovered by the sophisticated system, it will automatically engage a vibration of the pedals and steering wheel in order to alert the driver. If the driver doesn’t respond in any way, the technology will then take extra measures to make sure the driver will be safe.
Jaguar Land Rover aims to install the sensors in the steering wheel to measure the brainwaves of the driver. However, because the sensors are not close to the driver’s brain, the engineers must find a way to amplify and filter the signals. In addition, JLR is analyzing the prospects of implementing a medical-grade sensor in the seat of the driver as a measure to observe his well-being. This would be capable of monitoring the driver’s heartbeat and breathing, as well as identify a serious illness which would leave the driver incapacitated and at risk to be involved in an accident.
Moreover, JLR has created a Predictive Infotainment Screen that has cameras to observe the hand movements of the driver and predict the next button he will push next. This was all done for the purpose of allowing the driver to “press” a button in mid-air, thus minimizing the level of distraction as it would take less time to perform the action compared to hitting a conventional button.
All these breakthrough technologies are part of Jaguar Land Rover’s Sixth Sense project which aims to make the life of the driver easier behind the wheel and also improve overall safety. Needless to say, it will take quite a while until these systems will be developed enough to be suitable for a production model, but it’s good to know JLR’s engineers are working on it with full dedication.