Nissan Introduces Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

Nissan Introduces Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

- Nissan announced Wednesday their research for enabling vehicles to interpret signals from the driver's brain, consequently introducing a whole new chapter in human-to-car interaction.

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.

"When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines", Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci said in a statement.

This brain decoding technology promises to make driving more enjoyable because it requires less effort, and when in autonomous (autopilot) mode it can detect passenger discomfort and change the driving configuration or driving style.

The detection capability would evaluate driver discomfort and then the AI in the vehicle could change driving configuration and style when in autonomous mode.

The B2V technology will be available in fully autonomous vehicles (AV) so drivers can switch back and forth between driving types.

Brain-to-Vehicle technology is able to improve the driver's reaction time to obstacles in the road by detecting when the driver plans to make an evasive maneuver. The system then initiates the actual maneuver itself

There are a number of challenges left to resolve before a auto can accurately predict what you're thinking - and know how to translate that into action.

Nissan also recognizes the potential benefits B2V could hold for future autonomous systems as it has the ability to detect and analyze driver discomfort as well.

Nissan will reveal the B2V system has part of a broader Intelligent Mobility announcement at Consumer Electronics Show this month.

Nissan will use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of the technology at CES, and Gheorghe will be on hand to answer questions. Nissan hopes to have some version of Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) ready for real-world use in th next five to 10 years, Nissan spokesman Nicholas Maxfield said. Most manufacturers use pictures of people reading the newspaper or scrolling through their phone, in cabins with no steering wheel or pedals, whenever a new self-driving concept is released.

While some sectors of the automobile industry are pushing hard to advance driverless vehicle technology, with this project Nissan keeps a foot in the traditional driven-vehicle space, but with a unique twist.

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