Now you can drive a vehicle with your brain using Nissan's technology

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I think, therefore I drive?

The Japanese auto manufacturer today announced its Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology, which it says can predict human behaviour and detect when a driver is feeling uncomfortable thanks to "brain decoding technology". Nissan didn't elaborate on what this means, but spoke of it in the context of the vehicle's "internal environment".

Nissan's research into brain decoding technology enables breakthroughs in predicting the driver's actions and detect discomfort, with two key stages.

The systems can take actions such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the vehicle - 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, by expecting intended movement.

The B2V technology is the latest development from Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a sector of the company dedicated to the future of cars.

The company said B2V, while still a work in progress, will transition to reality in the next few years. The basic idea is that the auto would adapt to your brain and help you perform the action sooner than you would have done so yourself. The driver has to wear a device capable of detecting and measuring brain wave activity, which can then be analyzed by autonomous-drive systems.

Now you can drive a vehicle with your brain using Nissan's technology
Now you can drive a vehicle with your brain using Nissan's technology

"You don't need to see my press credentials". Nissan calls it Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V technology.

"The potential applications of the technology are incredible", explained Lucian Gheorghe, leader of the B2V research.

'When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines.

Reassuring those inside the vehicle as to the talents of the robotic driver isn't a new theory in autonomous vehicles. In such a case, the auto when cruising in autonomous mode will activate its builtin artificial intelligence and adjust the vehicle's driving style. The "B2V" system needs a driver to use a skullcap that determines brain-wave activity and sends its readings to steering, acceleration and braking systems that can begin responding before the driver starts the action. That can make a major difference in an emergency considering a vehicle moving at 60 mph travels 88 feet per second.

The Japanese carmaker intends to showcase this new technology in time for the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which kicks off January 9. It will serve as the centerpiece of the automaker's display at next week's CES. Nissan is planning to present the technology in its cars in the auto show part of the CES 2018. Chevrolet, for example, introduced its long-range Bolt EV electric vehicle at the Las Vegas event previous year.

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