Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle technology could redefine the future of driving

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Nissan has unveiled research that it says will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain. The company’s Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology promises to speed up reaction times for drivers and will lead to cars that keep adapting to make driving more enjoyable. Nissan will demonstrate the B2V technology at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas next week.

“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,” Dr Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher leading the research at the Nissan Research Center in Japan, explained. “For example, the technology can use augmented reality to adjust what the driver sees and create a more relaxing environment.”


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