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Land Rover Testing Mood-Sensing Technology

  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • Jul 24, 2019

JLR Mood Detection Technology Concept

 

Had a bad day? One day your Land Rover may be able to figure that out for itself, and try and make you feel better with some more comfortable air, or a more calming light color.

The mood-detection system works with a camera facing the driver, which measures their facial expressions, as well as biometric sensors, presumably in the seat and steering wheel. When the system's Artificial Intelligence figures out how you're feeling, the car can make adjustments to help you feel better.

Are you getting angry at the driver in front of you? The car can change the ambient lighting inside to a more calming color. If your body temperature is rising, it can turn on a cooled seat. Zoning out behind the wheel? The car can put on a new, interesting podcast. Feeling tired? Maybe a bit of air conditioning will perk you up, along with your favorite high-BPM playlist. Perhaps it will be able to sense tension and turn on a massage seat, or adjust the temperature of the steering wheel.

It could work for the rear seat passengers too, with cameras in the front headrests. Kids starting to doze off in the backseat? The car can dim the rear windows (maybe with some kind of electrochromic system, like a Boeing 787 Dreamliner), raise the rear air temperature, and dim the rear cabin lighting.

This is all part of JLR's "Tranquil Sanctuary" concept, which makes the interiors of its vehicles a "sanctuary." It's the next level of their current Driver Condition Monitor, which pops up a picture of a cup of coffee if you're showing signs of being a tired driver.

With the number of Land Rovers that are driven in high-stress urban environments like New York and Los Angeles, there's plenty of potential with this system to do good.

 

 


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  • Greg Fitzgerald
  • Adventure addict. '90s Land Rover daily driver. Historic preservationist. Personal vehicles: 1994 Discovery I, 1994 Range Rover Classic, 1961 Series II.
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