The technology was showcased at last week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
JLR’s Engineering Director, Dr Wolfgang Ziebart, explains how it works: ‘If the driver's gaze moves towards the infotainment screen or out of a side window, and the car identifies this, then the system could alert the driver to hazards earlier.
‘DMS could even enhance settings in safety systems like Autonomous Emergency Braking, to reflect the driver's lack of attention. As the car drives up to a hazard, the brakes could engage autonomously sooner because the car realises the driver has not seen the danger ahead.’
The next-gen wizardry is the result of head scratching at JLR’s recently-opened R&D facility in Portland, Oregon. It’s come from a collaboration between JLR, Intel and Seeing Machines – which develops computers that help machines track and interpret human faces and eyes.
Nick Langdale-Smith, Vice President of Seeing Machines, said: ‘The algorithm we have developed for DMS has the potential to seamlessly enable a host of safety and autonomous driving features and reduce the potential for accidents caused by the driver not paying attention. DMS is unique because it is the only driver monitoring system that can achieve this even if the driver is wearing shades, or in full sunshine.’
DMS is likely to be integrated with other current JLR projects, such as Transparent Bonnet, and head-up display ideas such as projecting a ‘ghost car’ on to the screen which the driver can follow. ‘It would be very useful to understand exactly when the driver's eyes aren't actually looking at the windscreen to see this information, so it can be repeated or shared in a different way,’ added Dr Ziebart.