New monitoring technology will allow cars to adapt their settings to their driver’s moods. It’s hoped that it’ll help to tackle road-rage and anxiety.
The technology has been developed by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR). Constantly monitoring the facial expressions of drivers and their passengers, it’s capable of determining their moods. As a result, it’s capable of adapting a car’s setting to match how they’re feeling. For example, if it detects that occupants are stressed, it can turn on calming mood lighting. Should it detect that the driver is sleepy, it can lower the temperature or play music to keep them alert. Practically, all of this can be used to prevent moods and reactions that can compromise on driving safety. As it stands, the technology relies on information captured by a camera and biometric sensors.
Ideal For Future Autonomy
JLR chief medical officer, Dr Steve Iley, has suggested that the technology will be deployed in autonomous vehicles. He said, “as we move towards a self-driving future, the emphasis for us remains as much on the driver as it ever has.” But he hinted that it may reach motorists before autonomy does, “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.” Whilst the tech is still in development, JLR has included drowsiness detectors in some of its current models.
Going Driverless Means More Than Giving Up Our Steering Wheels
JLR’s technology demonstrates the full extent of what will seemingly become the ‘driverless’ experience. It’s not simply a question of giving up the steering wheel, it’s giving up the need to involve ourselves in more and more processes. After all, ‘driving’ is more than simply having our hands on the wheel and pushing down on a few pedals. It consists of all sorts of little details, whether it’s fumbling through CDs, trying to get the air con just right or adjusting our seats. Responsibility for all of these things will, in time, become of the responsibility of vehicular software. This means autonomous driving won’t really be ‘driving’ at all; as the experience is transformed from top to bottom. But this begs the question, do we really want to surrender this level of responsibility and, even if we do, is it necessarily a ‘good’ thing for us to do so?
Whilst JLR’s mood-monitoring tech sounds like something from science-fiction, it could easily be slot into a work of dystopia. Whilst you’ll be able to nap on the way to work, you’ll also know that a little computer is constantly monitoring how you feel. Reducing your emotions and moods to mere algorithms. But at least we get some pretty lights when we feel a bit miffed…
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