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Jaguar is working on a new technology for autonomous cars. The company is conducting live trials of autonomous pods with 'eyes'. The Virtual Eyes on the autonomous pods acknowledges the presence of pedestrians and helps reduce their fear of being knocked over.
According to a recent study by the American Automobile Association, 63 percent of Adults in the USA feel unsafe sharing the streets with self-driving vehicles. To help pedestrians overcome this fear, Jaguar is now testing out the new 'Virtual Eyes' technology for the future.
The autonomous pods developed by Jaguar features moving eyes at the front. The company is now conducting live test-track experiments to check if the vehicle signalling its intent in a natural human way, removes fear from people.
The live tests show the pods running autonomously on afabricated street scenario of Coventry, UK. The tests further showcasethe eyes analysing for pedestrians and their behaviour while they wait to cross the road.
The ‘eyes' have been developed by an advanced engineering team from JLR's Future Mobility Division. The pods look out for pedestrianswhile appearing to ‘look' directly at them. If a pedestrian is detected, the pods come to a stop and waitfor the pedestrian to cross, before moving ahead.
However, the eyes may just be a temporary solution, to be later being replaced by lights, indicators or any other ‘less creepy' options. Although, Jaguar hopes that the new feature would help alleviate any fears pedestrians have of sharing the streets with autonomous cars.
Jaguar states, "there is a high level of pedestrian mistrust when it comes to autonomous cars. The solutions takes the form of fitting human-like eyes to the fronts of autonomous cars to give pedestrians a sense of security that the car has recognised them."
They further stated, "As humans we thrive on reading other faces, trusting them, making judgements. With the rise of digital communication, we have to employ a much higher degree of cognitive processing to interpret the tone of written email or the intonation of a voice. A face gives us hundreds of tiny clues and therefore requires less cognitive processing power."
Thoughts On Jaguar Autonomous Pods With Virtual Eyes
The trials for the Virtual Eyes on Jaguar's autonomous cars are part of a wider study, regarding the future of connected and autonomous vehicles. The study also saw more than 500 test subjects interact with the self-driving pods. The trials also tested out whether an autonomous vehicle could replicate human behaviour and other reactions while driving.
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