Nissan working on auto to read drivers' minds

A Nissan engineer monitors a volunteer's brain activity while testing new brain-to-vehicle software

A Nissan engineer monitors a volunteer's brain activity while testing new brain-to-vehicle software

The company plans to demonstrate its Brain-to-Vehicle technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Nissan's newest technology allows vehicles to interpret signals from the driver's brain.NissanOther potential uses include adjusting the vehicle's internal environment, said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan, who's leading the B2V research.

Nissan is committed to redefining how people drive, how vehicles move, and how they impact the world; their commitment to exploring the limitless boundaries of technology is evident in the automaker's lineup of electric vehicles as well as its Nissan Intelligent Mobility initiative, which is dedicated to the evolution of autonomous driving technologies and possibilities.

It predicts 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.

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According to Nissan executive vice-president Daniele Schillaci, the technology promises shorter reaction times and systems that adapt to maximise driving pleasure.

By detecting and evaluating driver discomfort, artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration or driving style when in autonomous mode.

Additionally, the technology also allows the auto to understand the mood and state of its driver. Nissan also said the system can adjust what the driver sees using augmented reality to create a "more relaxing environment".

The software monitors brain wave activity to anticipate intended movement, be that turning the steering wheel or hitting the brakes.

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The UK government announced in November a year ago that it would update UK legislation to allow fully autonomous cars to be tested on UK roads without "a human safety operator" present in the vehicles with a view to such testing taking place by 2021.

IF YOU'RE not yet convinced about the positives of driverless vehicle technology, you're probably going to be even more skeptical about the latest research Nissan has just revealed details of.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands.

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