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Jaguar Land Rover’s eye-tracking wiper

Jaguar's sophisticated eye-tracking system may be employed in a new, if mundane way – helping drivers by deciding when to operate the rear screen wiper
Jaguar's sophisticated eye-tracking system may be employed in a new, if mundane way – helping drivers by deciding when to operate the rear screen wiper
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Jaguar's sophisticated eye-tracking system may be employed in a new, if mundane way – helping drivers by deciding when to operate the rear screen wiper
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Jaguar's sophisticated eye-tracking system may be employed in a new, if mundane way – helping drivers by deciding when to operate the rear screen wiper
Jaguar has just published a patent that illustrates a subtle way that eye-tracking hardware and software could help drivers – by helping to decide when to operate the rear screen’s wiper
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Jaguar has just published a patent that illustrates a subtle way that eye-tracking hardware and software could help drivers – by helping to decide when to operate the rear screen’s wiper

Back in January Jaguar Land Roverannounced its tie-in with Intel and Seeing Machines to developeye-tracking technology that could be used prevent drowsy driving –but the firm also has other ideas for eye sensing tech that are bothmore mundane and more useful in day-to-day terms.

While the potential safety benefits ofthe firm’s prototype "Driver Monitor System" (DMS) that wasannounced at CES in Las Vegas in January is impossible to deny, sinceit monitors the driver’s eye movements, even behind sunglasses, todetect distraction or drowsiness and trigger alerts when thosesituations arise, they might not be the sort of tangible improvementsthat buyers will notice day-in, day-out. But the firm has justpublished a patent that illustrates another way that eye-trackinghardware and software could help drivers – by helping to decidewhen to operate the rear screen’s wiper.

Jaguar has just published a patent that illustrates a subtle way that eye-tracking hardware and software could help drivers – by helping to decide when to operate the rear screen’s wiper
Jaguar has just published a patent that illustrates a subtle way that eye-tracking hardware and software could help drivers – by helping to decide when to operate the rear screen’s wiper

The patent notes, rightly, that rearwipers have some essential problems. On wet roads or in rain,constant wiping is rarely necessary but intermittent sweeps are oftenmistimed, so at the instant you glance in the mirror there’s a goodchance the view through the back screen will be obscured. Cue theeye-tracking tech …

According to the patent, using JLR’ssystem, when your eye moves towards the rear mirror and the rearwiper is set to "intermittent," the car will automatically givethe screen an extra wipe (provided it hasn’t just done one a momentbefore), so it’s sure to be clear at just the moment you need tosee through it.

It’s never likely to be aheadline-making technology, but there are few better illustrations ofhow eye-tracking technology could seamlessly improve the drivingexperience, subtly working behind the scenes.

Given that few Jaguars currently userear wipers, at least until the forthcoming F-Pace SUV is released,the technology is likely to appear on Land Rover machines first –don’t be surprised if it appears on high-end Range Rovers in thenot-too-distant future.

3 comments
Bob Flint
What sort of tinted/chromed lens piercing technology will work to detect eye movement? Slight head movement I can believe. Is the person driving with only one arm/hand? Flick the wiper stalk, or use intermittent, or if conditions require it leave it on, simple right? Plus you will see the condition of the whole system, such as when the blade needs changing. Assuming it does actually detect your first glance at the rear view mirror, then if activated the wiper blade, arm, & motor needs to in perfect working order. Then it will take between 1-2 seconds maybe more depending on the size of the wiper, area sweep etc. In those two seconds a lot of bad stuff can happen in front of you.
Galane
Reminds me of a song by Eddie Rabbitt Well the midnight headlight find you on a rainy night steep grade up ahead slow me down makin no time gotta keep rollin those windshield wipers slappin out a tempo keepin perfect rhythm with the song on the radio gotta keep rolling
Carbi325
Eye tracking is an awesome technology, but I believe, when it comes to cars, most of things have to be under the strict driver's control. However, in various kinds of research, medicine and entertainment this technology is a real breakthrough. I've tried https://cooltool.com/ devices on my computer and at first I could not believe this was true! It gives you incredible experience and opportunitites.