Implementing mind reading technology is nothing new to the automotive industry, with anti-crash systems, such as, the one in the 2010 Volvo XC60 or the latest research on pedestrian recognition by Toyota. In fact, Ferrari has previously reported that there was some experimenting but this is the first time an automaker has actually confirmed an interest in this area.
Nissan will be working closely in collaboration with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL). They will develop a system that goes to the next stage using statistical analysis to predict driver’s cognitive state and intentions relevant to the driving environment.
Research has already given disabled users the opportunity to maneuver their wheelchairs by thought through transference alone. It’s called the “Brain Machine Interface” (BMI) and the next stage will be to adapt the BMI process to the mind reading cars of the future.
So, how does it work? By using brain activity measurement, eye movement patterns and combining environment scanning with the car’s own sensors should be able to predict what the driver plans to do, whether it is a lane change, overtake, turn, or sudden braking. Then the system should be able to assist with the maneuver in complete safety.
Hopefully, soon in the near future, if everything goes smoothly our cars will be able to predict our next driving move. Imagine, you are at a left turn and need to make a U-turn, the car would then prepare itself for the operation, selecting the correct speed and road position before completing the turn.
Obviously, this technology is in the very early stages of production so any version of the product would still be years away from launching.
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