Over the past few years, we’ve seen the world’s biggest car manufacturers and technology companies investing largely in order to perfect your ability to drive without thinking. However, Nissan is taking a different direction by trying to “decode” your thinking so hands-on driving is made much more fun.
Nissan is set to unveil and test its “brain-to-vehicle” technology at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The “B2V” system requires a driver to wear a skullcap that measures brain-wave activity and transmits its readings to steering, acceleration and braking systems that can start responding before the driver initiates the action.
Many other car manufacturers such as Toyota and BMW, say they won’t give full control to computers and plan to continue building cars with distinct driving characteristics.
Nissan plans to introduce fully autonomous cars in 2022. Besides predicting drivers’ movements, the skullcap also could detect their preferences and discomfort when the vehicle is in autonomous mode, prompting systems to adjust accordingly.
Yet, drivers of autonomous vehicles still will be able to flip a switch and take manual control of the car. That’s where Nissan’s brain-to-vehicle system comes into play.
Nissan has stated that this will be included in fully autonomous cars and should be ready in five to 10 years. The prototype resembles a cap that would be worn while gaming or undergoing medical testing, with wires coming out of the top.
Brain wave monitors also are being used by BHP Billiton, the world’s biggest mining company, to check if its truck drivers are fatigued.
Car manufacturers have flocked to CES in recent years to demonstrate their most advanced technologies in artificial intelligence and smart cars. If we go back to last year, Toyota showcased a concept that can sense your emotion, and Daimler AG displayed an electric van with a drone on top that automatically fetches and delivers packages.
Nissan has spent approximately JPY 490 billion (R 53 453 839 810.00), or 4.2 percent of its revenue, on research and development in fiscal year 2016, is more aggressive than Toyota and Honda in drawing up timelines for autonomous vehicles.
Nissan is also planning to allow cars to change lanes on highways autonomously this year and to navigate city roads and intersections without human interference by about 2020.