Nissan has unveiled research that it says will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain.
The company said its Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, technology, promises to speed up reaction times for drivers and will lead to cars that keep adapting to make driving more enjoyable.
The driver wears a device that measures brain wave activity, which is then analysed by autonomous systems. By anticipating intended movement, the systems can take actions – such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the car – 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, while remaining largely imperceptible.
By detecting and evaluating driver discomfort, artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration or driving style when in autonomous mode.
B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. Nissan will demonstrate capabilities of this technology at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas.
“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 Daniele Schillaci, Nissan Executive Vice President.
“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity.”