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The entire globe has been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Countries across the world are facing a nationwide lockdown and every person has been told to maintain the social distancing norms.
Jaguar Land Rover has come up with a new contactless touchscreen technology developed by the company and the University of Cambridge. This new contactless touchscreen will help keep the driver's focus on the road and reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses in the car as it is a contactless device.
This new contactless touchscreen from the company is a patented technology, which is known as the ‛predictive touch'. This technology uses artificial intelligence and sensors to predict a user's intended target on the touchscreen for almost every function, without touching a single button. This system has been developed with engineers at the University of Cambridge and is a part of Jaguar Land Rover's Destination Zero vision.
Lee Skrypchuk, Human Machine Interface Technical Specialist, at Jaguar Land Rover, said, "As countries around the world exit lockdown, we notice how many everyday consumer transactions are conducted using touchscreens: railway or cinema tickets, ATMs, airport check-ins and supermarket self-service checkouts, as well as many industrial and manufacturing applications.
Predictive touch technology eliminates the need to touch an interactive display and could, therefore, reduce the risk of spreading bacteria or viruses on surfaces. 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."
Professor Simon Godsill from Cambridge University's Department of Engineering led the project. He said: "Touchscreens and other interactive displays are something most people use multiple times per day, but they can be difficult to use while in motion, whether that's driving a car or changing the music on your phone while you're running. We also know that certain pathogens can be transmitted via surfaces, so this technology could help reduce the risk for that type of transmission."
According to Jaguar Land Rover's lab-tests and on-road trials, the new contactless touchscreen reduces the usage of the infotainment system by up to 50 per cent, which allows it to spread fewer viruses. Moreover, as our road condition is not up to the mark, drivers sometimes find it difficult to select the correct button on a touchscreen due to the vibrations. Due to this, the driver has to take his eye off the road and that is pretty risky.
Thoughts About The Contactless touchscreen By Jaguar Land Rover
This new contactless technology will not only keep the driver safe on the road while driving but also help spread less of viruses, which can spread while touching the screen, during this ongoing global pandemic.