'Steer with your thoughts' using Nissan's latest tech

If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

Nissan Unveils Driver-Brain-To-Vehicle Tech For CES

According to Nissan, the technology could revolutionize how we interact with our vehicles in the future and could also allow our transport to adapt to our needs and wants, which could make driving more enjoyable.

Exec veep Daniele Schillaci said, in a company statement, that humans could use "signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable".

Image: Nissan's new technology can read a driver's brain activity.

Nissan's research into brain decoding technology enables breakthroughs in predicting the driver's actions and detect discomfort, with two key stages.

It can foresee upcoming movements such as adjustments to steering, the throttle or brakes, and enforce them using driver assist technology between 0.2sec and 0.5sec quicker than the human driver can.

It can also detect if you are under strain or stress and change the driving style when in autonomous mode. Nissan even suggests that augmented reality could be used so that the driver sees a different environment outside to create a more relaxing experience. "The potential applications of the technology are incredible", said Gheorghe.

The idea behind this is that by anticipating things like braking, accelerating, or anticipating turns, Nissan could develop significantly advanced driver assistance (ADAS) features, or close the divide between semi-autonomous and autonomous vehicles.

Instead of removing the human element completely, the driver's brain activity is measured and sent to the vehicle using a headband, the announcement said.

Vehicle maker Nissan is no stranger to the world of innovative auto technology, but its latest product looks like the stuff of science fiction: cars that can read minds.

Brain waves are intercepted by a headband worn by the driver and interpreted by on-board computers. Most manufacturers use pictures of people reading the newspaper or scrolling through their phone, in cabins with no steering wheel or pedals, whenever a new self-driving concept is released.

While the announcement focused on passenger vehicles, B2V technology could be helpful to boost safety in industries that use heavy machinery, including construction and manufacturing.

It'll be demonstrating the technology next week, at CES 2018.

It promises to speed up your reaction times, for example when changing lanes on the motorway or taking a tight corner, the system will anticipate what is about to happen and turn the wheel or slow the vehicle approximately 0.2 seconds before you complete the action.

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