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Nissan's latest technology allows cars to respond to drivers' brainwaves

12 January 2018

Nissan just unveiled research showing how vehicles can interpret signals from the driver's brain.

We have become used, in recent years, to auto makers using the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas to show off their tech wares, Smartphone connections, digital dashboards, autonomous tech and more have turned CES into a de-facto vehicle show, but this year Nissan is going to take things one step further and turn the CES into a fully-blown sci-fi event.

This Jetson's style technology leverages a specific headset on the driver that tracks certain happenings in parts of the driver's brain. If the driver detects a scenario that requires the vehicle to brake, accelerate or turn the steering wheel, the system can send the brain signals to the auto.

Nissan is developing new technology that can read your mind
Nissan is developing new technology that can read your mind

Nissan hopes to have some version of this technology ready for real-world use in five to 10 years, Nissan spokesman Nicholas Maxfield said. Anonymous systems analyze brain activity results that are gathered by drivers wearing a helmet like device. An AI system will then use the information to predict what you'll be doing -whether you'll brake or turn and then pre-emptively initiating the action 0.2 to 0.5 seconds before reacting.

In this CES show that is going to start in Jan 9th, you are going to see a lot about cars that drive themselves using computers and the use of AI in auto industry.

B2V is the latest development in the company's move to transform how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.

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The technology is set to get a proper showcase in a driving simulator at CES 2018 next week, but it's created to help humans respond to unsafe situations faster than if they were simply driving the auto in a traditional way.

The system requires a brain wave-monitoring headset, and feeds the information it gathers back to the self-driving systems on board the auto.

Nissan claims to have developed a auto that can read its driver's 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. If you're concerned that your robo-taxi is taking corners too quickly, or not leaving enough space between you and the auto in front, Nissan's system could identify that stress and have the vehicle switch into a more cautious drive mode.

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Nissan will be offering limited demonstrations of the tech at CES 2018, which kicks off this weekend.

Nissan hasn't indicated when the technology will be implemented in a production vehicle.

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Nissan's latest technology allows cars to respond to drivers' brainwaves