Nissan has unveiled technology that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver's brain. If you're being ferried around in an autonomous vehicle, Nissan says, the sensors will allow the auto to detect any discomfort and adjust its driving style to create a more pleasant riding experience.
M - Nissan says it has new technology that lets you exert The Force on your vehicle like a real Jedi.
For example, the technology can predict an action in advance, such as a driver about to turn the steering wheel or press the gas pedal.
It also says the technology could be useful in autonomous vehicles, as the system can monitor discomfort and adjust drive settings to compensate. Bloomberg interviewed the Nissan researcher behind this mad wheeze, Lucian Georghe, who was insistent that the brain-scanning hat setup is "not about reading thoughts".
Research subjects wear helmet-like devices that detect brain wave activity. The basic idea is that the vehicle would adapt to your brain and help you perform the action sooner than you would have done so yourself. In an emergency, for example, it could allow a vehicle to begin slowing down as much as a half-second before the driver's foot actually hits the brake pedal.
Nissan's B2V vehicle feature is equipped with a brain-reading technology that can detect discomfort, for instance, with the use of a headgear.
In the future, cars will not only be able to drive autonomously, they also may be able to read your mind. "Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity", said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan executive vice president. Nissan's study claims B2V can react 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than driving without the system's aid. Back in 2014, mapping specialist HERE - since acquired by a consortium of German automakers - was pushing the idea that self-driving cars would need to model human behaviors behind the wheel if they were to build trust with their flesh & blood occupants.
Nissan will be offering limited demonstrations of the tech at CES 2018, which kicks off this weekend.