Nissan developing car that reads your thoughts

(Credit:
Nissan)

Road rage much? You might want to think twice about that if you’re driving a mind-controlled car under development by Nissan.

The automaker teamed up with Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) to create a vehicle that can anticipate maneuvers like turning left or right “after scanning the thought patterns of its driver.”

In a similar vein, researchers at the Berlin Institute of Technology used a BMI (brain-machine interface) simulator that allowed drivers to stop 130 milliseconds faster via thought control than brakes alone. EPFL scientists have already enabled wheelchair users to steer with their minds through BMI technology, as seen in the vid below.

That kind of piloting requires a high level of concentration, so the Swiss scientists are trying other methods to develop a driving system that can respond to less focused mental states.


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