In progress - the car that reads your mind

In progress - the car that reads your mind

Tomorrow's motorists could have their minds read by in-car technology, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) claims.

Scientists at the British brand are currently developing potentially life-saving in-car technology , meaning drivers buying a car in the future could be alerted when their concentration and stress levels start causing problems.

JLR is testing whether a vehicle can successfully read motorists' brainwaves - which show when they are starting to fall off to sleep or daydream.

In addition, the luxury car manufacturer is developing a high-tech Jaguar XJ seat which monitors a motorist's breathing and heart rate to reveal their stress and general health levels.

It is even working on new touchscreens which would anticipate which entertainment button motorists wish to press before their mid-air fingers even hit the knob. This, JLR hopes, will keep the amount of time they spend with their eyes away from the road to a minimum.

These tests are the latest in a series of new-tech ideas being devised by JLR.

Only last week it announced it had developed pothole-dodging technology to help motorists counter one of the banes of their lives.

Last December the company reported it had started a research project hoping to give future drivers unspoilt 360-degree views from their vehicles.

Its current brainwave-reading research is based on a concentration technique already employed by Nasa and the USA bobsleigh squad.

The in-car version works by detecting brainwaves through motorists' hands via steering wheel-embedded sensors.

Hospitals have already used the technology behind JLR's seat sensor project. Such monitoring could spot the start of severe and sudden illnesses that might cause motorists to lose control behind the wheel.

The car could also help to reduce any stress it detects in a motorist by altering climate control, audio settings and mood lighting.

JLR's special touchscreen technology could change radio channels, CD players and other in-car entertainment settings without the driver pressing any buttons, thanks to something called haptics. This is technology which interfaces with users via the sensory faculty of touch.

This may one day result in motorists being enabled to "feel" via their acceleration pedal if they are going to crash into the vehicle ahead of them while in slow traffic.

Copyright Press Association 2015