Nissan Unveils Brain To Vehicle Research

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Brain To Vehicle , Really!

I started researching computer to brain interfaces just a few months ago and I was more than a little surprised at how far along researchers where at actually making this work. I always thought that it should be possible to create an interface but I did not expect the progress I found and for sure did not expect to see brain to vehicle systems already.

Elon Musk how who probably know as the CEO of Tesla Motors and Space-X, ( busy guy ) is so convinced that artificial intelligence is a threat to mankind, has started a company just to develop Neura-Lace technology for the brain to computer interface. It is called Neuralink.

Nissan has just announced that they are developing Brain to Vehicle ( B2V ) technology as well as driver-less cars. I have to wonder if we will not have a bit of a race, a competition if you will, between humans drivers using their brains directly and artificial intelligence programs driving the cars with us? Now this is the stuff of science fiction right? I smell a Steven King book….

Nissan is also developing self driving car technology

Nissan is also developing self driving car technology as well as brain to vehicle ( B2V) technology

As I mentioned above, Nissan has just unveiled research that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars. I am sure that is the understatement of 2018.

The brain connection lets the driver control the vehicle with thoughts

The brain-to-vehicle connection lets the driver control the vehicle with thoughts

The company’s 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.

Simulated driving where the control brain to vehicle

Simulated driving where the control brain to vehicle

Nissan will demonstrate capabilities of this exclusive technology at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas. B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.

“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 Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci.

Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity.

This breakthrough from Nissan is the result of research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver’s actions and detect discomfort:

  • Predict: By catching signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement – such as turning the steering wheel or pushing the accelerator pedal – driver assist technologies can begin the action more quickly. This can improve reaction times and enhance manual driving.
  • Detect: By detecting and evaluating driver discomfort, artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration or driving style when in autonomous mode.

Other possible uses include adjusting the vehicle’s internal environment, said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan, who’s leading the B2V research. For example, the technology can use augmented reality to adjust what the driver sees and create a more relaxing environment.

The potential applications of the technology are incredible. This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come.

Nissan’s B2V technology is the world’s first system of its kind. The driver wears a device that measures brain wave activity, which is then analyzed 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.

Nissan will use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of the technology at CES, and Gheorghe will be on hand to answer questions. Nissan’s display will be at booth 5431 in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall.

Source Nissan

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