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JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S EYES CAN TALK WITH PEDESTRIANS?

By Mukul Arora . 30th August 2018 07:30pm
JAGUAR LAND ROVER'S EYES CAN TALK WITH PEDESTRIANS?

Think about it: A shuttle pulls up to a stoplight at an intersection that you're waiting to cross and suddenly its cartoonish, drooping eyes are looking directly at you. Would you feel comforted? The idea is that you would, and it's the latest attempt to replicate the human interaction that can occur between a driver and a person crossing the road. But a staring contest with a driverless vehicle? Jaguar calls them "friendly-faced 'eye pods'" — a generous description, to be sure — and they're not out on the road, yet. Eyes are windows to the soul -- or at least to the programming software. The Aurrigo shuttles are currently being tested at a facility in Coventry, England, near Jaguar headquarters through a trial with the UK Autodrive project. So far, the pods have driven on a fake street scene with more than 500 test pedestrians who have bravely stared them down, according to a press release from Jaguar Land Rover UK. The "virtual eyes" are a potential solution for this erosion of trust, and engineers on the Jaguar Land Rover future mobility team programmed the pods to seek out humans so that they can further study trust levels before and after making so-called eye contact. When the shuttle registers that you are there, it looks at you, and that's your signal to safely cross. At this point, this is more of a psychological test, what Jaguar Land Rover calls "trust research." There's no word yet on if or when Jaguar Land Rover's eyes will roll out on public streets.