Nissan is developing technology that can read your brain and perform tasks before you can.
The new technology, which Nissan calls brain-to-vehicle or B2V, is the latest addition to the Japanese brand’s Intelligent Mobility program that it says will change how its cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
Ready for demonstration at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, Nissan’s futuristic tech allows vehicles to measure brain wave activity and use complex artificial intelligence algorithms to interpret the driver’s intentions or detect discomfort.
The world first system can perform actions such as initiating steering or acceleration manoeuvres up to half a second before the driver could physically react to the thought. In the case of emergency braking the reduced reaction time could be crucial.
In normal driving circumstances, Nissan says the initial but almost imperceptible turning and acceleration input from the system will enhance driving pleasure while in sportier applications the system could be developed to shave down lap times.
To use the system drivers are required to wear a device that measures brain wave activity and is connected to the car’s autonomous driving computer. In fully autonomous vehicles, the computer will detect driver discomfort or evaluate driving habits to adjust the driving style accordingly.
B2V has further implementations in fully autonomous vehicles where the driver isn’t required to provide any input, such as adjusting what the outside environment looks like using augmented reality.
Nissan executive vice president, Daniele Schillaci, says the technology will bridge the disconnect between driving a vehicle and being driven by it.
“When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines. Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable,” he said.
“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity.”
Nissan hasn’t indicated when the technology will be implemented in a production vehicle.
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