Jaguar Land Rover has been busy developing innovative safety technology for many years including interior panels that glow to warn drivers of approaching hazards, but the company’s latest kit even monitors drivers' brains to assess their concentration levels and reduce the number of accidents.
The new ‘Mind Sense’ project aims to prevent accidents caused by drivers who are stressed, distracted or not concentrating fully on the road ahead, making use of technologies developed in sports, medicine and aerospace. The technology is designed to monitor a driver's concentration level, in an attempt to determine whether they are starting to daydream or beginning to feel sleepy while on the move.
Should the kit deem that the driver isn’t giving the road their full attention it could then vibrate the steering wheel or pedals to bring them back to the task of driving. A new ‘wellness seat’, meanwhile, offers the possibility of monitoring the driver’s heart and breathing rate, while predictive touchscreens have been developed by the company to calculate which button the driver is going to press and reduce the amount of time they spend with their eyes off the road.
The car is becoming more intelligent and more able to utilise cutting-edge sensors. These research projects are investigating how we could exploit this for the benefit of our customers and other road users.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover’s director of research and technology, said: "The car is becoming more intelligent and more able to utilise cutting-edge sensors. These research projects are investigating how we could exploit this for the benefit of our customers and other road users.
"One key piece of new research is to see how we could measure brainwaves to monitor if the driver is alert and concentrating on driving. Even if the eyes are on the road, a lack of concentration or a daydream will mean the driver isn't paying attention to the driving task.
“They may miss a warning icon or sound, or be less aware of other road users so we are looking at how we could identify this and prevent it causing an accident."
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