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Nissan to demonstrate brain-to-vehicle technology at CES 2018 trade show

ABR Staff Writer Published 04 January 2018

Nissan said that will demonstrate its new brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology at the upcoming CES 2018 to be held in Las Vegas, the US.

The technology will allow vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain and accelerate reaction times for drivers.

The B2V technology is part of new development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, which will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, driven, integrate into society.

Nissan said its breakthrough is the result of research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver’s actions and identify discomfort.

Driver assist technologies can start the action more rapidly by catching indications that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement, like turning the steering wheel or pushing the accelerator pedal, resulting in enhanced reaction times and manual driving.

Artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration or driving style when in autonomous mode by identifying and assessing discomfort of the driver.

Nissan executive vice president Daniele Schillaci said: “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.

“Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity.”

Nissan claims that its B2V technology is the first of its kind in the world. A driver will wear a device that can measure the brain wave activity. It will then be analyzed by an autonomous system.

The systems can take actions such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the car – 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, by expecting intended movement.

Nissan said it will use a driving simulator to show several elements of the technology at CES.

Image: Nissan’s new technology can read a driver’s brain activity. Photo: Courtesy of Nissan.