New Nis­san tech: I think there­fore I drive

The Herald Magazine - - DRIVE -

NIS­SAN has un­veiled re­search that it claims will en­able ve­hi­cles to in­ter­pret sig­nals from the driver’s brain, re­defin­ing how peo­ple in­ter­act with their cars. The com­pany’s Brain-to-Ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy, or B2V for short, prom­ises to speed up re­ac­tion times for driv­ers and could lead to cars that keep adapt­ing to make driv­ing more en­joy­able.

Nis­san will demon­strate the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of its new tech at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Ve­gas. It is the re­sult of re­search into us­ing brain de­cod­ing tech­nol­ogy to pre­dict a driver’s ac­tions and de­tect dis­com­fort:

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. By de­tect­ing and eval­u­at­ing driver dis­com­fort, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence can also change the driv­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion or driv­ing style when in au­ton­o­mous mode.

Other pos­si­ble uses in­clude ad­just­ing the ve­hi­cle’s in­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment, ac­cord­ing to Dr Lu­cian Ghe­o­rghe, se­nior in­no­va­tion re­searcher at the Nis­san Re­search Cen­ter in Ja­pan, who’s lead­ing the B2V re­search.

For ex­am­ple, the tech­nol­ogy can use aug­mented re­al­ity to ad­just what the driver sees and create a more re­lax­ing en­vi­ron­ment. “The po­ten­tial ap­pli­ca­tions of the tech­nol­ogy are in­cred­i­ble,” Ghe­o­rghe says. “This re­search will be a cat­a­lyst for more Nis­san in­no­va­tion in­side our ve­hi­cles in the years to come.”

Nis­san pre­dicts B2V tech­nol­ogy is the fu­ture of motoring

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