Future Nissan Vehicles May Be Able to Read Your Mind

Future Nissan Vehicles May Be Able to Read Your Mind

- 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.

In a human-driven auto, the so-called brain-to-vehicle technology could shorten reaction times.

Nissan plans to use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of its B2V system at CES next week.

Exec veep Daniele Schillaci said, in a company statement, that humans could use "signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable". The neural interface, which cannot only improve reaction times, but also manage cabin comforts based on signals it takes from your brain, is one of the things Nissan will be showing off at CES this year.

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 breakthrough uses brain decoding technology to predict a driver's actions - that he/she is going to turn the steering wheel, for example. To comfort the driver, the system can switch the car's driving style when it's in autonomous mode or create an augmented reality inside the cabin. Indicators are then transmitted to the car's semi-autonomous system, which can then initiate those actions 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver.

While the thought of a vehicle acting on its own while you're supposed to be controlling it may sound a little concerning, Nissan says people won't notice these earlier responses.

While everyone else is focusing on innovations such as self-driving and electrical cars, Nissan is over here trying to get us to partially drive cars with our minds.

B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which is the automaker's ongoing vision of how vehicles will be driven, powered, and integrated into society in the future. "We are moving to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity".

Nissan claims that its B2V technology is the first of its kind in the world. But it shows how much scope there is for innovation in vehicle tech and interfaces especially when self-driving cars continue to be motor ahead in their development. If you're concerned that your robo-taxi is taking corners too quickly, or not leaving enough space between you and the auto in front, Nissan's system could identify that stress and have the vehicle switch into a more cautious drive mode.