Nis­san B2V tech­nol­ogy to re­de­fine fu­ture of driv­ing

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Nis­san Mo­tor Co., Ltd has un­veiled its Brain-to-Ve­hi­cle (B2V) tech­nol­ogy that will en­able ve­hi­cles to in­ter­pret sig­nals from the driver’s brain, re­defin­ing how peo­ple in­ter­act with their cars. The tech­nol­ogy prom­ises to speed up re­ac­tion times for drivers and will lead to cars that will keep adapt­ing to make driv­ing more en­joy­able.

Nis­san demon­strated its ca­pa­bil­i­ties of this ex­clu­sive tech­nol­ogy at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Ve­gas. B2V is the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in Nis­san In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity, the com­pany’s vi­sion for trans­form­ing how cars are driven, pow­ered and in­te­grated into so­ci­ety.

“When most peo­ple think about au­tonomous driv­ing, they have a very im­per­sonal vi­sion of the fu­ture, where hu­mans re­lin­quish con­trol to the machines. But B2V tech­nol­ogy does the op­po­site, by us­ing sig­nals from their own brain to make the drive even more ex­cit­ing and en­joy­able. Through Nis­san In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity, we de­liver more au­ton­omy, more elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and more con­nec­tiv­ity and move peo­ple to a bet­ter world,” Nis­san Ex­ec­u­tive Vice- Pres­i­dent Daniele Schillaci, said.

Nis­san had un­veiled its “In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity” vi­sion at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show 2016. Cre­ated to guide the Nis­san prod­uct evo­lu­tion, In­tel­li­gent Mo­bil­ity vi­sion an­chors crit­i­cal com­pany de­ci­sions around how cars are pow­ered, how cars are driven, and how cars in­te­grate into so­ci­ety, all while stay­ing fo­cused on cre­at­ing more en­joy­able driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

This break­through from Nis­san is the re­sult of re­search into us­ing brain de­cod­ing tech­nol­ogy to pre­dict a driver’s ac­tions and de­tect dis­com­fort.

Pre­dict: By catch­ing signs that the driver’s brain is about to ini­ti­ate a move­ment – such as turn­ing the steer­ing wheel or push­ing the ac­cel­er­a­tor pedal – driver as­sist tech­nolo­gies can be­gin the ac­tion more quickly. This can im­prove re­ac­tion times and en­hance man­ual driv­ing.

De­tect: By de­tect­ing and eval­u­at­ing driver dis­com­fort, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence can change the driv­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion or driv­ing style when in au­tonomous mode. Other pos­si­ble uses in­clude ad­just­ing the ve­hi­cle’s in­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment, Lu­cian Ghe­o­rghe, Se­nior In­no­va­tion Re­searcher at the Nis­san Re­search Cen­ter in Ja­pan, who’s lead­ing the B2V re­search, said. For ex­am­ple, the tech­nol­ogy can use aug­mented re­al­ity to ad­just what the driver sees and cre­ate a more re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

Nis­san’s B2V tech­nol­ogy is the world’s first sys­tem of its kind. The driver wears a de­vice that mea­sures brain wave ac­tiv­ity, which is then an­a­lyzed by au­tonomous sys­tems. By an­tic­i­pat­ing in­tended move­ment, the sys­tems can take ac­tions – such as turn­ing the steer­ing wheel or slow­ing the car – 0.2 to 0.5 sec­onds faster than the driver, while re­main­ing largely im­per­cep­ti­ble.

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 is a global full-line ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer that sells more than 60 mod­els un­der the Nis­san, IN­FINITI and Dat­sun brands. In fis­cal year 2016, the com­pany sold 5.63 mil­lion ve­hi­cles glob­ally, gen­er­at­ing rev­enues of 11.72 tril­lion yen. In fis­cal 2017, the com­pany em­barked on Nis­san M.OV.E. to 2022, a six-year plan tar­get­ing a 30% in­crease in an­nu­alised rev­enues to 16.5 tril­lion yen by the end of fis­cal 2022, along with a core op­er­at­ing profit mar­gin of 8% and cu­mu­la­tive free cash flow of 2.5 tril­lion yen.

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