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.
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes Benz is all set to debut a self-driving, electric smart car at the upcoming motor show at Frankfurt next month. The company envisions that the SmartVision EQ fortwo Concept will make a mark for car sharing services in European cities. With the vision that the vehicle will be cited as a white and blue Car2Go vehicle, the company wants to grow the pool of its 2.6 million car-sharing customers.
Smart Vision EQ Lacks Conventional Features, LED Panels Replace Headlamps
Regarding the features of the vehicle, there are no controls and it lacks a steering wheel and conventional pedals. Previously, Daimler and Mercedes-Benz offerings have experimented with joysticks and non-conventional means to operate driving functions. However, with the Smart EQ concept, Daimler can foresee that the future need to be on the lines of a driver’s car.
Besides this, conventional headlamps have been replaced by LED panels that can imitate different appearances. While the appearance is similar to a Smart when blank, there is speculation that the Smart Vision EQ concept is set to let go convention even on the exterior.
Smart is going all-electric in the U.S. as it is in the mode to discontinue gasoline-powered vehicles for electric drive coupes and convertibles. The concept employs a 30 kWh electric motor, which may sound small but could be workable considering its minute dimensions.
Nevertheless, a Smart that incorporates some of the aforementioned ideas is not too unlikely. Mercedes-Benz is expected to introduce its dedicated electric EQ brand shortly and has plans to add 10 dedicated electric vehicles by 2022, which includes a new Smart and a large SUV.