Why The Sad Face? Cars Will Soon React To Facial Expressions

Wed 10th Jul 2019

A new technology being tested out by Jaguar Land Rover will see cars of the future use facial recognition to decide what music you might want to listen to.

By using a camera and biometric sensors it is hoped that drivers will be able to control in-car features such as heating, lighting and music, and if the system thinks you are bored based on your facial expression, it could even play your favourite music track.

Being able to recognise facial movements could play a vital role in keeping drivers alert should they begin to feel and look drowsy, whilst passengers could be made to feel more comfortable if they look tired with the lights dimming and temperature turned up.

Dr Steve Iley, chief medical officer at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “As we move towards a self-driving future, the emphasis for us remains as much on the driver as it ever has.

“By taking a holistic approach to the individual driver, and implementing much of what we’ve learnt from the advances in research around personal wellbeing over the last 10 or 15 years, we can make sure our customers remain comfortable, engaged and alert behind the wheel in all driving scenarios, even monotonous motorway journeys.”