JLR developing AI to monitor driver's wellbeing

Adapting Thanks to AI technology a car will lower the temperature if it sees a driver yawning. Stock Image

Adapting Thanks to AI technology a car will lower the temperature if it sees a driver yawning. Stock Image

It will be able to alter ambient light, ventilation temperature control, ambient temperature and selecting the driver's playlist to help the driver tackle stress.

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Research has found that 74pc of people feel stressed or "overwhelmed" every day, whether at the wheel or in the office.

British auto maker, Jaguar Land Rover, are working with AI platforms to make a vehicle that changes the driver's immediate environment as a response to their mood.

The mood detection system technology uses a driver-facing camera and biometric sensing to monitor and evaluate the driver's mood.

The vehicle is also being designed with ambient lighting to induce calmness during times of stress.

The mood-detection system will continuously adapt to changes in the driver's facial expressions, and implement necessary settings automatically. In time the system will learn a driver's preference and make increasingly tailored adjustments. If the technology detects that you're bored, it will automatically play your favorite podcast or song.

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Jaguar also hopes to personalise individual driving experiences, through artificial intelligence noticing when a person is starting to show signs of being exhausted, and so responds by playing a suitable playlist and/or lowering the temperature.

Rear passengers will get similar treatment as the application of the technology expands.

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

Scientists say the day isn't far off when cars will be fitted with substantial arrays of such "guardian-angel" technology.

Mood detection is part of a wider effort by Jaguar Land Rover to improve the driving experience, aiming to create a sanctuary environment inside each of its luxury vehicles away from the hectic roads outside.

Dr Steve Iley, JLR's Chief Medical Officer says: "As we move towards a self-driving future, the emphasis for us remains as much on the driver as it ever has".

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