Will the brain help you steer your car in the future? Nissan seems to think so.
For the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Nevada, Nissan will be highlighting what they call the Brain to Vehicle concept or B2V for short. According to the company, the concept has the ability to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars.
Designed as a system to aid in semi-autonomous driving, B2V aims to assist drivers in steering, acceleration and braking. “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. Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan executive vice president.
B2V uses brain decoding technology to predict a driver’s actions and detect discomfort, says Nissan. To use, the driver wears a device that measures brain activity, which is then analyzed by the vehicle's autonomous systems.
The system works by detecting signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement. With that, the driver assist technologies can begin the action quicker by either assisting steering or acceleration. According to Nissan, this can improve reaction times and enhance manual driving. Nissan's study claims B2V can react 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than driving without the system's aid.
At the same time, it reacts when the driver believes that they are in an emergency situation or experiencing discomfort. When B2V detects a panic situation, primes the safety features and eventually adjusts the semi-autonomous driving mode until the driver is within their comfort levels.