Published: September 10, 2015 | Bristol, United Kingdom
Ultrahaptics, the developer of ultrasonic free-space haptic technology, has announced that it is supporting Jaguar Land Rover in the investigation of a mid-air touch system for its Predictive Infotainment Screen. With the up-take of touch screens in automobiles, the temptation for the driver to take their eyes off the road increases. Ultrahaptics has developed a technology that uses ultrasound to create feeling in mid air, known as haptic feedback. Ultrahaptics technology can track the driver’s hand and allow them to control, and get feedback from, virtual buttons and switches in mid air
Ultrahaptics technology can track the driver’s hand and allow them to control, and get feedback from, virtual buttons and switches in mid air
Using the Ultrahaptics solution, the driver’s hand can be located and tracked as it moves across the interactive field; the system locks on and creates a physical sensation to indicate connection. The user can feel virtual objects and control switches and buttons, giving the ability to control them in mid-air and receive feedback to confirm their action has been successfully completed.
Recently, Jaguar Land Rover has also revealed a range of new road safety technology research projects that are being developed to reduce the number of accidents caused by drivers who are stressed, distracted and not concentrating on the road ahead. The Jaguar Land Rover ‘Sixth Sense’ research projects utilises advanced technology, from sports, medicine and aerospace, to monitor the driver’s heart rate, respiration and levels of brain activity to identify driver stress, fatigue and lack of concentration. The UK-based team is also looking at innovations that would reduce the amount of time the driver’s eyes are off the road whilst driving, and how to communicate with the driver via pulses and vibrations through the accelerator pedal.