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JLR, University of Cambridge develop predictive touch sensors for touch screens

Jaguar Land Rover has worked in partnership with the University of Cambridge to develop new technology.

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Smudges are the bane of the touch screen's existence. New technology has emerged from a partnership between Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Cambridge that is designed to reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses within a car, and, consequentially reduces the number of smudge points on touch screens.

The patented technology, known as "predictive touch", uses artificial intelligence and sensors to predict a user's intended target on the touchscreen – whether that's satellite navigation, temperature controls or entertainment settings – without touching a button.

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According to a release, the tech utilizes artificial intelligence to determine the item the user intends to select on the screen early in the pointing task. Gesture tracking technology uses vision-based or radio frequency-based sensors like the kind you find in electronics you use as part of your everyday life, "to combine contextual information such as user profile, interface design and environmental conditions with data available from other sensors, such as an eye-gaze tracker, to infer the user's intent in real time."

Trials utilizing the technology showed that it could reduce a driver's touchscreen interaction effort and time by up to 50 percent, as well as limiting the spread of bacteria and viruses. The tests were conduced in a lab and on the road.

Jaguar Land Rover is championing the innovation as part of its Destination Zero vision. As part of that vision, the company is working toward a world of "zero emissions, zero accidents, and zero congestion".

The company says that the predictive touch technology can be especially useful when traveling off the beaten trail, where it may be difficult to engage a touch screen button in a timely and orderly fashion. Additionally, it is in these circumstances where drivers will most want two hands on the wheel as often as possible.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Brembo is the exclusive brake provider for Gran Turismo 7.

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The wait is over. Grand Turismo 7 is here, and is available for both Playstation 4 and Playstation 5. The latest chapter in the massively popular racing game franchise offers incredible driving and track mechanics, along with plenty of ways to buy, customize, and upgrade cars. Several big names in the automotive world are on board to provide cars and extras, including Brembo and Hagerty.

Gran Turismo 7Players have several customization options to choose from. Brembo

Brembo is on board with the game as the exclusive braking systems brand. The company offers in-game upgrades that include carbon ceramic discs and more. Players can choose from over 400 cars from more than 50 manufacturers, and Brembo brakes are available in the Tuning Shop.

Classic car insurer and automotive powerhouse Hagerty is also getting on the action. A "Legend Car Dealer" feature in the game allows players to choose from more than 70 classic and enthusiast vehicles, and company CEO McKeel Hagertymakes an appearance as an avatar. Just like normal cars in the game, Hagerty's cars can be purchased using in-game credits, and the prices for each car are set using Hagerty's Valuation Tool. Costs will change throughout the year based on market conditions. If you're a member of Hagerty Drivers Club, you'll have the option to select a special livery or your car.

Gran Turismo 7Hagerty offers a group of special cars for the game. Hagerty

If you're looking to get behind the wheel, Gran Turismo 7 is on sale now, and is garnering impressive reviews. It's one of the most accessible Gran Turismo games of all time, from the ease-in races offered during the download process to the myriad of options and upgrades for each car, there's an aspect of the game that any enthusiast can get behind. You can purchase and download the game through the Playstation store, or you can head to your local retailer to pick up a physical copy.

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