Jaguar Land Rover’s sensory Steering Wheel Guides Drivers with Heat!
Jaguar Land Rover’s sensory steering wheel was dreamed up as part of a research project with Glasgow University, Via NewAtlas
From virtual windshields to transparent roofs to portable steering wheels, Jaguar Land Rover isn’t afraid to get a little creative when looking to the future of automotive design. Its latest concept imagines a potentially more intuitive form of turn-by-turn navigation, gently warming either side of the steering wheel to guide the driver to their destination.
The so-called Sensory steering wheel was dreamed up as part of a research project with Glasgow University and is aimed at the problem of driver distractions, which Jaguar Land Rover says account for 10 percent of all fatal crashes in the US.
The idea is that the steering wheel keeps drivers’ eyes fixed on the road ahead by providing them with thermal cues instead of audio or visual ones. It does this by quickly warming or cooling different parts of the steering wheel within a temperature range of 6° C (the actual temperature point could be fine-tuned by the user).
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