The TATA-owned car producer disclosed on Thursday afternoon that they are now working on a highly futuristic vehicle that will embed sensor-based technology. The new Jaguar model uses NASA’s technology to monitor drivers’ brainwaves and determine whether they are in the condition to drive or not.
Sensor-based technology is gaining more and more territory among car manufacturers due to numerous benefits they can bring. TATA, the producer of the famous British luxury cars, Jaguar, announced on Friday that they will be releasing a new model featuring advanced technology from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The new Land Rover model from Jaguar was purposefully designed to constantly verify whether the driver is in a condition to drive or not. According to the description that the company has made the upcoming model will be provided with the “Sixth Sense” technology.
The software was inspired by the technology that NASA uses to enhance astronauts’ brain activity in space. This system presupposes that the driver’s brain is constantly scanned to see whether he is active, asleep or daydreaming.
According to scientists, the human brain is transmitting four different brain waves all the time. Different waves are active during different activities; therefore, the “Sixth Sense” technology can help the car tell whether the driver is tired or active when behind the steering wheel.
If the driver becomes less attentive and tends to get distracted as a result of his tiredness, the software will decode the change in the person’s brain and will immediately alert the driver. The car manufacturer has not yet decided what type of signals will be used, but they have stated that the car will most likely emit sound signals or vibrations to awake the driver.
Other similar features might soon be embedded on Jaguar models, especially on the Jaguar XJ luxury sedan. The producer plans to add health sensors on the driver’s seat to constantly monitor the activity of his body. Thus, the car could be aware when the driver is tensed and adjust light or music to help him/her relax.
Jaguar vehicles may also be programmed to grant first aid to ill drivers. The same seat sensors will be scheduled to identify a possible heart attack or stroke. The car will take the driver to an immediate hospital, based on the information it receives from the sensors.
TATA’s intentions are clearly good; however, some drivers might be particularly distracted by the sensors, themselves. It remains to be seen whether the “Sixth Sense” technology will really make a difference in point of street incident prevention. The system will be tested repeatedly before it will be made available to Jaguar customers.
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