If you’re fond of reading car reviews, you may have read more than a few times how a car’s controls—accelerator, steering, and the like—are hotwired to one’s brain. Those folks who know their car lingo are aware that this description usually connotes how quickly a vehicle responds to driver commands. And of course, such a vehicle is often considred as being fun to drive.
Nissan Motor Co. Ltd takes this concept to a whole new level by offering a new technology that takes commands from the driver’s brain—literally. Known as Brain to Vehicle (B2V(, the tech reads one\s bran activity in order to execute vehicle movement.
For instance, a driver wishes to turn the steering wheel or press harder on the brake pedal. The system, using a device worn by the driver, predicts these thoughts based on brain impulses. It goes on to execute them a lot faster than if these were done by the driver himself using his own hands and feet.
Apart from providing a more pleasurable time behind the wheel, the B2V system can likewise detect if a driver is tired on not feeling well. It can then tone down the drive or change the vehicle interior’s ambience to help soothe the occupant.
While the system is designed to work with autonomous driving—the future of motoring, many folks say--, it still does not forget the human factor in the equation. In fact, it puts the driver at the center by allowing him or her to command the vehicle to cater to their wishes. And in this case, it does so by reading one’s thoughts.
The Nissan Brain to Vehicle system will be demonstrated at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.