JLR gets in­side your head to cut crashes

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

LON­DON — Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has re­vealed a range of road­safety re­search projects that are in­tended to re­duce crashes caused by dis­tracted driv­ers.

JLR’S ‘Sixth Sense’ projects uses ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy from sports, medicine and aerospace to mon­i­tor a driver’s pulse, res­pi­ra­tion and brain ac­tiv­ity to iden­tify stress, fa­tigue and lack of con­cen­tra­tion.

Its Uk-based team is also look­ing at in­no­va­tions to re­duce the time a driver’s eyes are off the road and how to com­mu­ni­cate a prob­lem back to the driver with pulses and vi­bra­tions through the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal.

Driven to dis­trac­tion JLR di­rec­tor of re­search and tech­nol­ogy Dr Wolf­gang Ep­ple said: “We be­lieve some of the tech­nolo­gies used in aerospace and medicine could help im­prove road safety and en­hance the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Cars are be­com­ing more in­tel­li­gent and more able to use cut­tingedge sen­sors so these re­search projects are in­ves­ti­gat­ing how we could ex­ploit this for the ben­e­fit of our cus­tomers and other road users.

“One key piece of re­search is to see how we can mea­sure brain­waves to mon­i­tor alert­ness and con­cen­tra­tion. Even if eyes are on the road a lack of con­cen­tra­tion or a day­dream will mean the driver isn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to the driv­ing task.

“He might miss a warn­ing icon or sound or be less aware of other road users so we are look­ing at how to iden­tify this and pre­vent it caus­ing an ac­ci­dent.”

Mind sense him with driv­ing.

“If Mind Sense does not de­tect a surge in brain ac­tiv­ity when the car dis­plays a warn­ing icon or sound, then it could dis­play it again, or com­mu­ni­cate with the driver in a dif­fer­ent way, to en­sure the driver is made aware of a haz­ard.”

The most com­mon way to mon­i­tor brain­waves is to have sen­sors at­tached to a head­band, some­thing that would be im­prac­ti­cal in a ve­hi­cle.

JLR is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a method used by Nasa to de­velop a pi­lot’s con­cen­tra­tion and by the US bob­sleigh team to en­hance con­cen­tra­tion and fo­cus.

The au­tomaker is con­duct­ing tri­als to col­lect more in­for­ma­tion on the dif­fer­ent brain­waves iden­ti­fied through steer­ing wheel sen­sors and lead­ing neu­ro­sci­en­tists to ver­ify the re­sults.

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