Nissan and EPFL to Push Development For Thought Controlled Vehicles

Nissan’s sudden enthusiasm for the development of wheelchairs controlled by brain activity has taken a lot of people by surprise. The technology is not particularly new but Nissans’s enthusiasm is.Nissan has paired up with swiss research lab EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne) to further develop the BMI (Brain-Machine Interface) and wheel chair technology. Together they plan to use it for vehicle driver aids, for example to predict your behaviour and correct for it before the event of a collision or to prepare the vehicle for cornering.

The next step is putting it into cars so that they can help you drive better by analyzing your brain to determine what you want to do.

The technology takes into account brain activity, eye movement, and your surroundings and figures out, for instance, if you’re trying to make a left turn; then it tells the car to prepare for the turn by correcting your speed and road position, to help you turn better.

Relate articles:

Nissan eyes a smarter car – Autonet.ca

Mind-controlled vehicles: The future is getting closer – CurveTomorrow

Mind reading Nissans correct sloppy driving – autos.sympatico.ca

Car braking system taps directly into the brain – NewScientist

Automakers test in car brain sensors – MIT

Car maker testing driver wake-up from sensors in headrest – Physorg

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