New Nissan tech: I think therefore I 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