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Jaguar Land Rover Is Developing a Touchless Touchscreen for Future Cars

Jaguar Land Rover and Cambridge University have developed a touchscreen system for cars that you don’t actually have to touch at all. That might sound odd at first, but touchless technology concepts have been around for at least a decade, and there are plenty of practical applications for this artificial intelligence-powered system.

JLR and Cambridge researchers suggest that the “no-touch touchscreen” (it seriously needs a proper name) would help reduce the spread of pathogens from surfaces, which could prove especially useful in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. They said it’d help keep drivers’ attention on the road as well.

A gesture tracker (which uses either vision-based or radio frequency-based sensors) works in concert with other factors, like eye tracking and other contextual information, to figure out which button you want to tap. The “predictive touch” system could come in handy, for instance, when you’re on a bumpy road and it’s hard to tap the correct part of the screen.

Tests and trials showed the technology could reduce the time and effort it takes a driver to interact with a touchscreen by up to half, the researchers said. They suggested it’d benefit people with a “motor disability which causes a tremor or sudden hand jerks, such as Parkinson’s disease or cerebral palsy” as it’d help them select the right option.

To read the full article: Yahoo Tech