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Jaguar Land Rover developing AI mood detection to reduce driver stress

Written by Wed 10 Jul 2019

New system adjusts cabin features such as heating and ventilation in response to facial expressions

British car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover is working an AI system that can to detect a driver’s mood and adjust the car’s environment to reduce stress.

The firm has developed a mood detection system, using a driver-facing camera and biometric sensing to monitor the person behind the steering wheel, which is able to alter cabin features such as heating and ventilation in response to their facial expressions.

Media and ambient lighting will also be adapted in a bid to calm the driver during tense moments on the road.

“As we move towards a self-driving future, the emphasis for us remains as much on the driver as it ever has,” said Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover chief medical officer.

“By taking a holistic approach to the individual driver, and implementing much of what we’ve learnt from the advances in research around personal wellbeing over the last 10 or 15 years, we can make sure our customers remain comfortable, engaged and alert behind the wheel in all driving scenarios, even monotonous motorway journeys.”

The company is hoping to expand the system in the future with more tailored comforts by enabling the AI to learn the driver’s preferences, meaning it can make more personalised changes such as starting a favourite playlist if signs of weariness are identified.

Tests to bring similar technology to rear passengers are underway too, using a camera attached to the headrest, which could dim the lights, tint windows, and increase the temperature in the back of the car if tired expressions are detected on passenger faces.

Written by Wed 10 Jul 2019

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