Developed through the auto giant's "Intelligent Mobility" programme, the so-called Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology, which will be demonstrated at this month's CES event in Las Vegas, draws on recent advances in neuroscience and is claimed to be the first real-time brain monitoring system of its kind for automotive applications. According to Nissan, the systems can react 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster with this brain-monitoring pre-knowledge, which doesn't sound like much but can be a lifetime if the vehicle is travelling at motorway speeds.
B2V also has applications for autonomous vehicles, where it could detect a passenger's discomfort and alter the car's driving style to compensate.
Dr Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Centre in Japan said the brain-to-vehicle tech could have other auto applications such as adjusting the interior environment to suite the driver. Nissan will have a driving simulator to demonstrate certain elements of the technology at CES in Las Vegas this year.
System can anticipate what a driver is going to do.
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B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
The tech requires the driver to wear a device that measures brain wave activity.
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Nissan also recognizes the potential benefits B2V could hold for future autonomous systems as it has the ability to detect and analyze driver discomfort as well. Nissan will be showing off the new B2V technology at CES 2018. To be clear, there is no working prototype to be unveiled, which indicates too that mass production is not happening soon, but the plan is to use a driving simulator that will show off key elements of the modern vehicle feature. This neural interface, which improves reaction times by around 0.2 to 0.5 seconds, also manages auto comforts based on signals it takes from your brain.
"Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world, by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity", Schillaci added.