Nissan unveils mind-reading technology for future models

  • Nissan unveils mind-reading technology for future models

Nissan unveils mind-reading technology for future models

Nissan has been working on Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology, which enables a vehicle to interpret signals from the driver's brain, with the aim to speed up reaction times.

It's all part of Nissan's drive to make driving more enjoyable, instead of just focusing on making cars more autonomous.

Nissan will show how the technology works at the upcoming CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas.

Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci added that the technology could pave the way for a more personalised take on the driverless vehicle.

But Nissan's system is created to decode what a driver is thinking and use that to help control how a vehicle steers, accelerates or brakes.

"The potential applications of the technology are incredible", Gheorghe said.

The B2V technology will be available in fully autonomous vehicles (AV) so drivers can switch back and forth between driving types.

While the driver is still in control and will perform actions themselves, the autonomous system can anticipate actions 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver and begin the change in a way which is "largely imperceptible".

Thankfully, being able to plug a human's brain into the vehicle seems to be a lot less painful than it sounds.

Nissan is being vague about details of the B2V system so far, other than calling it a component of their Intelligent Mobility strategy.

B2V is the first of its kind.

"Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world, by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity", Schillaci added. Through an electroencephalography (EEG) skull cap, the system reads brain waves and adapts to the wearer's driving style. 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. By using augmented reality technologies, Nissan believes it could display more pleasing views or offer calming visuals to enhance a journey. If you're concerned that your robo-taxi is taking corners too quickly, or not leaving enough space between you and the auto in front, Nissan's system could identify that stress and have the vehicle switch into a more cautious drive mode.