The vehicle manufacturer Nissan has unveiled technology which will enable vehicles to interpret signals from a driver’s brain, ‘redefining’ how people interact with their cars.
Nissan says its Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology will ‘speed up reaction times for drivers’ and lead to cars that ‘keep adapting to make driving more enjoyable’.
The driver wears a device that measures brain wave activity (pictured) which is analysed by the B2V system.
Nissan says that by anticipating intended movement, B2V can carry out actions – such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the car – up to half a second faster than the driver, while remaining largely imperceptible
B2V is the result of research into the use of 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.
B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
Daniele Schillaci, Nissan executive vice president, said: “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.
“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity.”