Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Nissan's future cars could tap into your brain to improve driving comfort

Nissan's future cars could tap into your brain to improve driving comfort

Billed as the first system of its kind in the world, the technology interprets brain signals, allowing the vehicle to predict the driver's actions in advance, and mitigate to any discomfort experienced.

In a human-driven auto, the so-called brain-to-vehicle technology could shorten reaction times.

Developed through the auto giant's "Intelligent Mobility" programme, the so-called Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology, which will be demonstrated at this month's CES event in Las Vegas, draws on recent advances in neuroscience and is claimed to be the first real-time brain monitoring system of its kind for automotive applications. "Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable", said Nissan executive VP, Daniele Schillaci. Nissan calls it Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V technology.

Nissan's research into brain decoding technology enables breakthroughs in predicting the driver's actions and detect discomfort, with two key stages. Additionally, Nissan claims it could use "augmented reality to adjust what the driver sees and create a more relaxing environment", which definitely sounds like Black Mirror territory. Bloomberg interviewed the Nissan researcher behind this mad wheeze, Lucian Georghe, who was insistent that the brain-scanning hat setup is "not about reading thoughts". It will then be analyzed by an autonomous system. For one thing, the Nissan B2V system now requires a driver to wear a wired cap so that it can place sensors close to the appropriate areas of the brain where key driving decisions are made.

The ultimate goal, according to Gheorghe, is for future cars with smart navigating features to deliver a better riding experience that will apply to both drivers and passengers.

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EEG is a method of monitoring electrical activity in the brain that has been used for everything from medical testing to videogames. By 2020, an autonomously driving Nissan auto - one that can smartly negotiate roadways without human intervention - is envisioned to fire up its engine.

Beyond such safety effects, Nissan wants to use the tech to more closely integrate the driver with autonomous vehicle functions, re-connecting we humans with our cars once steering wheels and pedals have been done away with. This may mean adjusting the driving style or aspects of the car's interior. Sensors could detect drivers intentions and make faster reaction than human brain-muscle system in less reaction time.

The new technology will be demonstrated from 9 to 12 January at CES 2018.

Nissan would probably need some sort of less intrusive version if the technology was be practical for the market.

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