JLR gets inside your head to cut crashes
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.