Nissan has recently unveiled a new technology that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain – effectively changing “the connection” between car and driver.
Called the Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, a first of its kind, the system will look to speed up reaction times for drivers where the end goal is to make driving more enjoyable. It is the latest development in the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision – aiming to transform how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
The device will be worn by the driver, to measure brain wave activity which is then analysed by autonomous systems. By anticipating the driver’s movements, it can quicken the process of turning the steering wheel for example, by 0.2 – 0.5 seconds faster than the driver – without being profoundly noticeable.
The breakthrough is a result of research in brain decoding technology, to predict the driver’s actions and detect discomfort. It also does the same for the driver’s behaviour behind the wheel.
When it predicts that the driver’s brain is about to make a movement, such as turning the steering wheel, driver assist technologies can kick in more quickly. When it detects that the driver is in some discomfort, its Artificial Intelligence can change the drive mode of the vehicle when in autonomous mode.