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Nissan Unveils New Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

January 8, 2018 0 Comments

Nissan on Wednesday revealed research which could enable vehicles to interpret signals directly from the driver’s brain.

Driving-Sales-Automotive-News-Nissan-Brain-to-Vehicle-B2V-Technology-KicksNissan will demonstrate its Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) tech capabilities at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas. It marks the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, “the company’s vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.”

“When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci. “Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable. Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity.”

B2V relies on research into using brain decoding technology to predict driver actions and to detect driver discomfort. If the car can catch signs that the driver is about to initiate a movement, for example, the driver assist tech can begin the action more quickly – about 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the human driver.

If the system detects driver discomfort, the AI can change driving configuration or style in autonomous mode.

According to Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan and B2V research lead, the tech can also be used to adjust the internal environment to make it more relaxing.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible. This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come,” Gheorghe said.

B2V is the first system of its kind. Drivers will wear a device that measures brain wave activity, which is in turn analyzed by autonomous systems.

At CES 2018, Nissan will demonstrate some of B2V’s elements via a driving simulator. Gheorghe will also be on hand to answer any questions.

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