Nissan, the car giant, has revealed technology that could help the cars of the future read the minds of its drivers and speed up vehicle reactions.
The Japanese company has revealed the first details of research into what the firm is calling the Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology, which makes use of brainwave-reading tech in order to spot signals that are related to movement – including pressing a pedal or turning the wheel.
Nissan says that being able to predict such situations and applying it to the driver assistance tools will speed up the reaction times and help improve manual driving.
Daniele Schillaci, the executive vice-president of Nissan, stated: “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.”
The company says that the technology will make use of a special headset that is worn by the driver in order to monitor brain signals, and it can also be used if and when the car is in autonomous mode – changing in-car comfort settings if the device senses discomfort.
Nissan says that its technology has the ability to allow a car to take action between 0.2 and 0.5 seconds faster once the device detects intended movement from the car’s driver.