Nissan Showcases Brain-Monitoring Driving Tech in Vegas

January 8th, 2018 by

Nissan will show how brainwaves can help pilot an automobile this week at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Nissan’s brain-to-vehicle technology is the world’s first system of its kind, according to the company.

How does it work?

The driver wears a device around their head that measures brain activity. That device sends data that is analyzed by the vehicle’s autonomous systems. The autonomous systems anticipate the vehicle’s intended movement and can take actions like turning the steering wheel or braking.

The actions can be done 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, Nissan said.

“When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci. “Brain-to-vehicle technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable.”

Nissan will rely on a driving simulator to showcase the technology at the Las Vegas show.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,”saidLucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan. “This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come.”

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