Jaguar Land Rover has recently revealed an interesting prototype “sensory steering wheel” technology produced incorporation with Glasgow University. The company has turned the standard steering wheel into an all-new development. The Sensory Steering Wheel has adopted two warming elements which will inform the drivers to turn, path changes and forthcoming crossings.
Alexandros Mouzakitis, JLR electrical research senior manager, reported that the temperature variances can be adopted for informing rather than “more intrusive audio or vibration-based cue”. The information can be related to low fuel or navigational details. The Sensory Steering Wheel technology was also used in self-driving cars gear-shift paddles signifying while the change from the operator to self-ruling check is intact.
He further said, “We are committed to continuously improving our vehicles with the latest technological developments as well as preparing the business for a self-driving future. The sensory steering wheel’ is all part of this vision, with thermal cues able to reduce the amount of time drivers have to take their eyes off the road.”
However, the new invention is just for research purpose and the company has not revealed their plans to introduce it in new models. They have not partnered with any automotive brand to adopt this new technology. The research was executed in partnership with Scottish university’s Glasgow Interactive Systems Research Section.
While testing the heated steering wheel, it was used to tell the drivers when to switch way or turn. It was employed to the gearshift paddles which assisted signpost the exchange from self-ruling to individual driving. To indicate the turns, the steering wheel is capable of automatically heating or cooling the left and right covers. The steering wheel gets heated for about 6-degrees Celsius. Although, the temperature can be easily modified if you find it too hot.
Mouzakitis said, “Safety is a number one priority for Jaguar Land Rover and we are committed to continuously improving our vehicles with the latest technological developments as well as preparing the business for a self-driving future.” The system can be extremely beneficial in low visibility situations during fog. JLR has previously revealed a similar project like autonomous mobility pods implemented with ‘digital eyes’ to tell other passersby about the vehicle’s route of driving.
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