Nissan Motors has announced research that it has been conducting on connecting driver’s brain signals to their cars. This technology, called Brain-to-Vehicle or the catchier B2V, seeks to reduce reaction times and produce vehicles that are synced to the driver’s needs.
Nissan will be showcasing the technology at CES 2018 in Las Vegas as an extension of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility platform.
“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.”
The system decodes the brain signals into input that allows it to predict desired actions, allowing the system to prime modules like the accelerator pedal and steering wheel and initiate the action. It also brings in a level of oversight, decoding signals to detect discomfort. This can then allow the car to respond with an altered ambience or driving style in autonomous mode.
Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan, is leading the B2V research.
“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” he says. “This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come.” A driving simulator that will show some elements of the technology will be available at CES 2018 and Dr. Gheorghe will be at hand to field queries.