Nissan has unveiled their latest research project called the ‘Brain-to-Vehicle’ (B2V) technology, which will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars.
The technology, which is the first of its kind in the world, interprets the brain signals of the driver and allows the vehicle to predict the driver's actions in advance, and also mitigate to any discomfort experienced.
By catching signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement – such as turning the steering wheel or pushing the accelerator pedal – driver assist technologies will begin the action more quickly, improving reaction times.
“When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines. Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable,” said Nissan executive vice president Daniele Schillaci.
Other possible uses of the technology include adjusting the vehicle’s internal environment, said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan, who’s leading the B2V research.
For example, the technology can use augmented reality to adjust what the driver sees and create a more relaxing environment.
The upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week will see Nissan demonstrating the capabilities of the B2V technology using a driving simulator, where Gheorghe will also be on hand to answer questions.