Nissan Unveils Brain-to-Vehicle Driving Technology

Nissan Brain to Vehicle tech Driving Simulator Prototype

Nissan Brain to Vehicle tech Driving Simulator Prototype

In the three-minute clip, Nissan researcher Lucian Gheorge explains new technology that measures a driver's brain waves as they help guide an autonomous auto.

The multinational Japanese automobile manufacturer will demonstrate the range of the exclusive technology at the CES 2018 trade show January 9-12 in Las Vegas.

"When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vison of the future, where humans relinquish control of the machines", stated Daniele Schillaci, Nissan executive vice president.

Nissan is developing technology that can read your brain and perform tasks before you can. If the driver detects a scenario that requires the vehicle to brake, accelerate or turn the steering wheel, the system can send the brain signals to the auto. In fully autonomous vehicles, the computer will detect driver discomfort or evaluate driving habits to adjust the driving style accordingly.

Dr Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Centre in Japan said the brain-to-vehicle tech could have other auto applications such as adjusting the interior environment to suite the driver. That might sound a bit creepy, but Nissan says its so-called B2V technology offers benefits for both manual and autonomous driving. 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.

Nissan Brain to Vehicle tech Driving Simulator Prototype brain
Nissan Unveils Driver-Brain-To-Vehicle Tech For CES

The B2V technology is part of new development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, driven, integrate into society. No it's not experimenting with mutant genes to give vehicle owners X-Men-like powers, but rather studying how drivers' brains precisely respond to certain obstacles on the road.

EEG is a method of monitoring electrical activity in the brain that has been used for everything from medical testing to videogames.

While everyone else is focusing on innovations such as self-driving and electrical cars, Nissan is over here trying to get us to partially drive cars with our minds.

Nissan will use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of the technology at CES, and Gheorghe will be on hand to answer questions.

Nissan hasn't indicated when the technology will be implemented in a production vehicle. To be clear, there is no working prototype to be unveiled, which indicates too that mass production is not happening soon, but the plan is to use a driving simulator that will show off key elements of the modern auto feature. An AI system will then use the information to predict what you'll be doing -whether you'll brake or turn and then pre-emptively initiating the action 0.2 to 0.5 seconds before reacting.

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