Driving isn't always a fun or easy experience. Especially in densely populated cities, getting from point A to B involves knowing current traffic, having a solid GPS system to ensure you don't make a wrong turn, and having a car equipped with Bluetooth so you can keep up with all of your incoming calls. Jeane wants to make all that just a bit easier for you.
The Jeane steering wheel cover has an integrated software that is operated by your smartphone, and helps you reach your destination without any bumps along the way. Jeane vibrates to help you navigate, knows how to avoid traffic jams, and even synchs with other Jeane users who can share information with each other. You can even use Jeane to make phone calls without ever letting go of the steering wheel.
“When the hype around Google’s car started to pick up in 2012 and 2013, lots of people were talking about how traffic jams and car accidents would be eliminated by self-driving cars. The sentiment at the time seemed to be that self-driving cars would solve all traffic problems forever," designer Arjun Iyer told PSFK. "I was very skeptical about the idea of self-driving cars completely replacing human drivers, so I began to wonder what it would take to make human drivers better than self-driving cars. Jeane is the result of my investigations. I built Jeane to help anyone become a better driver, and to make driving a more enjoyable experience.”
Jeane takes things one step further than other technological assistants, such as iPhone's Siri. As Iyer points out, these assistants require the use of a screen, either on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. "Jeane is designed to provide completely eyes-free assistance, and avoid the problems that could occur if you were driving and looking [at] a screen simultaneously."
Iyer had a Kickstarter campaign running to help him fund Jeane, but the campaign was unsuccessful. He hoped to reach a goal of 30K by May 22, but wasn't even able to make it to 5K. Now, Iyer is hoping to partner with a city or town to take a look at how life would be with synchronized traffic.
If all goes as planned, Jeane will be available for purchase online by May 2015.