Nissan has unveiled research that will enable vehicles to interpret drivers’ brain signals, allowing the vehicle to take actions up to 0.5 seconds quicker than a human driver alone.
Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology is Nissan’s latest development in ‘Nissan Intelligent Mobility’, the company’s long-term vision for the future of driving, which claims to increase driver reaction times and even enable the cars to adapt and enhance the driving experience.
The driver wears a device to measure and analyse brainwave activity to predict their actions and even alter driving style or conditions when in autonomous mode, by detecting and evaluating when the driver may be experiencing discomfort.
B2V is able to anticipate intended movements, such as steering adjustments or acceleration or braking, and intervene using driver assist technology up to 0.2-0.5 seconds faster than the driver alone.
Daniele Schillaci, Nissan’s Executive Vice President, said that far from ‘relinquishing control to machines’, this step towards autonomous driving ‘does the opposite’ using brain signals to make the drive more ‘exciting and enjoyable’.
Senior Innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Centre in Japan said ‘the potential applications of the technology are incredible.’ Nissan has said the system can even adjust what the driver sees using augmented reality to create a more relaxing environment
Nissan are demonstrating this new technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas, taking place between 7-12 January 2018.