Nis­san brain power

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At the re­cent Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Las Ve­gas Nis­san showed off technology that it says will en­able ve­hi­cles to in­ter­pret sig­nals from the driver’s brain, re­defin­ing how peo­ple in­ter­act with their cars. The com­pany’s Brain-toVe­hi­cle, or B2V, technology prom­ises to speed up re­ac­tion times for driv­ers and will lead to cars that keep adapt­ing to make driv­ing more en­joy­able. “When most peo­ple think about au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, they have a very im­per­sonal vi­sion of the fu­ture, where hu­mans re­lin­quish con­trol to the machines. Yet B2V technology does the op­po­site, by us­ing sig­nals from their own brain to make the drive even more ex­cit­ing and en­joy­able,” said Nis­san Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Daniele Schillaci. Nis­san says the new technology uses brain de­cod­ing technology to pre­dict a driver’s ac­tions and de­tect dis­com­for t. 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, while by de­tect­ing and eval­u­at­ing driver dis­com­for t, ar tif icial in­tel­li­gence can change the driv­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion or driv­ing style when in au­ton­o­mous mode. “The po­ten­tial ap­pli­ca­tions of the technology are in­cred­i­ble,” said Dr. Lu­cian Ghe­o­rghe, se­nior in­no­va­tion re­searcher at the Nis­san Re­search Cen­ter in Ja­pan. “This re­search will be a cat­a­lyst for more Nis­san in­no­va­tion in­side our ve­hi­cles in the years to come.”

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