Researchers at Nissan and EPFL have devised a method to read the brain signals of a driver and transmit them to a smart vehicle. This would enable them to predict the moves of the driver and better enable the driving. In fact, Nissan recently launched the B2V, which is acronym for brain-to-vehicle, technology.
Cars of the future will be both manually driven as well as fully automatic. The team of researchers intend to leverage technology big time to better the skills without taking away drivers joy of being behind the wheel.
Signals from Brain are Send to Car Hundreds of Milliseconds Earlier
In the joint project with Nissan, the group of experts at the CNBI actually managed to uncover the signals of the brain which indicates the drivers’ various intents such as that of braking, accelerating, or change lanes. It can then transmit the information to the vehicle a couple of hundreds of milliseconds earlier. In this manner, a smart vehicle would be able to gauge the movement of the driver and make the required maneuver hassle-free. Sensors are also outfitted in the car to keep a tab on its environment. This will also support the driver in tough traffic conditions.
The signals emitted from the frontal motor cortex of the driver are uncovered via a electroencephalography (EEG) headset equipped with sensor. Those are then transmitted to the smart vehicle for acting upon. Combining the data with the information unearthed by its sensors, the car can act keeping in mind the current situation.