The Japanese auto manufacturer today announced its Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology, which it says can predict human behaviour and detect when a driver is feeling uncomfortable thanks to "brain decoding technology".
Exec veep Daniele Schillaci said, in a company statement, that humans could use "signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable". Nissan also reckons that "by detecting and evaluating driver discomfort, artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration or driving style when in autonomous mode". "It will be able to tell an autonomous vehicle the driver will be steering in the next 300 miliseconds", explained Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan, who is leading the B2V research.
In normal driving circumstances, Nissan says the initial but nearly imperceptible turning and acceleration input from the system will enhance driving pleasure while in sportier applications the system could be developed to shave down lap times. Anonymous systems analyze brain activity results that are gathered by drivers wearing a helmet like device. It will be a AI based system that learns from your brain waves patterns and in the future can predict how the vehicle should react to your intentions.
Nissan is upfront about the fact that B2V can't read minds: you won't be able to simply think of a destination, for instance, and have your self-driving vehicle take you there.
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Nissan is being vague about details of the B2V system so far, other than calling it a component of their Intelligent Mobility strategy.
Nissan claims that its B2V technology is the first of its kind in the world.
It promises to speed up your reaction times, for example when changing lanes on the motorway or taking a tight corner, the system will anticipate what is about to happen and turn the wheel or slow the vehicle approximately 0.2 seconds before you complete the action. But it shows how much scope there is for innovation in auto tech and interfaces especially when self-driving cars continue to be motor ahead in their development.
While some sectors of the automobile industry are pushing hard to advance driverless vehicle technology, with this project Nissan keeps a foot in the traditional driven-vehicle space, but with a unique twist.