The world of science fiction moves closer and closer to reality each day, and automotive manufacturers seem to be leading the charge. Jaguar's latest tech development projects stay very true to Clarke's third law: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." A press release from Jaguar Land Rover today introduces their "Mind Sense" research project. Developing new brain wave monitoring software is now part of their safety research aimed at diminishing the number of accidents caused by driver distraction and fatigue.

So, yes, your car will literally be reading your mind in the near future. Or, at least, your brain waves, heart rate and respiration rate to detect stress, fatigue and lack of concentration.
Also referred to as their "Sixth Sense" project, this new technology comes from advancements in the fields of sports, medicine and aerospace, and now enters the roadways. Other parts of the program include gesture-control infotainment systems and haptic accelerator pedals that communicate with the driver through vibrations. "If brain activity indicates a daydream or poor concentration, then the steering wheel or pedals could vibrate to raise the driver's awareness and re-engage them with driving," states Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Jaguar Land Rover Director of Research and Technology, in the release. "If Mind Sense does not detect a surge in brain activity following the car displaying a warning icon or sound, then it could display it again, or communicate with the driver in a different way, to ensure the driver is made aware of a potential hazard." A medical-grade sensor in the seat of a Jaguar XJ can detect heartbeat and breathing. If the driver is stressed, the car can then automatically adjust climate, mood lighting and audio settings. Or, when combined with autonomous driving tech, the car can now literally detect whether the driver is capable of over-riding the self-driving option.

When combined with the remote control technologies introduced by Land Rover June 16, Jaguar Land Rover is poising themselves to be at the forefront of what seems like 22nd century innovation. Or, to some, magic.

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