LATEST PATENT: Control your windscreen wipers with EYES

Sarfraz Ali 06:43 PM | 6 May, 2015
LATEST PATENT: Control your windscreen wipers with EYES

Jaguar has already unveiled plans for eye-tracking cameras that can prevent you from falling asleep at the wheel.

And now its latest patent wants to use this futuristic technology to control a car's window wipers.

It details a system in which every time the driver looks in their rear-view mirror the wipers on the rear window are activated automatically.

Jaguar Land Rover's patent details a system for a vehicle 'and particularly, but not exclusively, to a rear windscreen wiper system' that uses eye-tracking technology to switch the wipers on automatically whenever the driver looks towards the rear-view mirror (illustrated)

However, the filing hints that it could potentially work with wipers on the front windscreen too.

The patent, called 'Windscreen clearing system for a vehicle', was filed by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in March 2013 and awarded this week. It was originally spotted by Gizmag.

As the filing explained: 'Current windscreen wiper control switches allow for the rear windscreen wiper to operate in: an intermittent on mode; or an off mode.

'A problem with [this] system is that, when a driver decides to observe the environment behind the vehicle by looking through the rear windscreen, typically using a rear-view mirror, the rear windscreen may not be wiped and may be obscured. 

'It is against this background that the present invention has been conceived.'

JLR added that the patent refers to a windscreen wiper system for a vehicle 'and particularly, but not exclusively, to a rear windscreen wiper system' that operates automatically in response to detecting eye-movement of a driver of the vehicle toward a rear-view mirror.

It is likely to take advantage of the eye-tracking Driver Monitor System (DMS) JLR announced in January.

JLR, with support from Intel and Seeing Machines, has developed sensing technology that monitors the driver's face and eyes to reduce distracted and drowsy driving.

They demonstrated it using a Jaguar F-Type prototype at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

DMS uses attention-monitoring sensors in the dashboard to detect eye and facial movements so it can identify if the driver has become inattentive, either due to drowsiness or distraction.

JLR said: 'It is so sophisticated it can understand the state of the driver in real world conditions, including bright sunlight and if the driver is wearing glasses or sunglasses.'

JLR is also researching a next-generation heads-up display that could use the full width of the windscreen.

The idea is to present information to the driver without them having to take their eyes off the road.

Vauxhall is looking to develop similar technology that uses eye-tracking to control a car's headlights.

In March the company revealed it is developing technology that will automatically adjust the direction and intensity of headlights to match the driver's gaze.

Elsewhere, Vauxhall's similar eye-tracking system will direct the car headlights in the direction that the motorist is looking. The system uses a central camera and peripheral infrared sensors that scan the driver's eyes more than 50 times per second in dusk and night-time conditions

The system uses an in-car camera that focuses on the drivers head while infrared sensors detect movement and calculate the motorist's line of sight.

Vauxhall's system uses a central camera and peripheral infrared sensors that scan the driver's eyes more than 50 times per second in dusk and night-time conditions.

The headlights adjust to match the driver's gaze both vertically and horizontally.

Even if the driver is momentarily distracted and takes their eyes of the road, the lights will continue illuminating in the direction of travel.

This will be combined with sensors outside the car that will detect daylight levels, turning on the headlights automatically when the vehicle enters a tunnel.

Vauxhall said the lights will also adjust to different road and weather conditions.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 02, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 271.1 271.6
Euro EUR 298.27 298.87
UK Pound Sterling GBP 335.5 336.2
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs207,100 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,670.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
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Hyderabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 207,100 PKR 2,420


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