Jaguar Land Rover’s ‘virtual eyes’ aim to improve trust between human and self-driving cars
Jaguar Land Rover
Jaguar Land Rover has taken the lead in helping humans trust self-driving vehicles by developing and fitting ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent mobility pods.
The engineering project explored how vehicle behaviours affect human confidence and how autonomous cars should communicate with
users and pedestrians to improve people’s trust in the technology.
The ‘eyes’, developed by a group of engineers working in
Jaguar Land Rover’s Future Mobility team, allowed the pods to locate
pedestrians by ‘looking’ at them, signal it has identified
them and is taking avoiding action.
Pete Bennett, Future Mobility Research Manager at Jaguar
Land Rover, said: “It’s second-nature to glance at the driver of the
approaching vehicle before stepping out into the road. Understanding how this
translates in tomorrow’s more automated world is important.
“We want to know if it is beneficial to provide humans with
information about a vehicle’s intentions or whether simply letting a pedestrian
know it has been recognised is enough to improve confidence.”
Forming part of the government-backed UK Autodrive project,
the intelligent pods developed by Aurrigo ran autonomously on a fabricated
street scene in Coventry during the trial, all of which is part of a wider
study exploring how connected and autonomous vehicles can replicate human
behaviour and reactions when driving.
Such was the media interest in the eye-pods project that at
the time of the announcement more than 90 pieces of coverage reaching more than
3.1 billion people had been created.
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