You’ve heard of self-driven cars, but what about cars that are connected to your brain? Nissan Motors recently announced that it is developing a new brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology.
According to Nissan’s vice president, the technology integrates autonomous driving with our brains to create a more exciting driving experience.
What does brain-to-vehicle driving entail?
According to Nissan, the brain-to-vehicle driving experience is all about excitement and enjoyment, and stripping the idea of relinquishing our control completely over to a computer-driven vehicle.
The B2B tech is designed to detect a driver’s actions a millisecond before the driver decides to do it. The technology can determine if a driver is about to turn the steering wheel, hit the brake or push down on the accelerator, and then start these actions faster. This ultimately enhances manual driving and improves a driver’s reaction times. Also, when the car is in full autonomous driving mode, it can detect the mood and level of discomfort of the driver to adjust the driving accordingly.
It’s not a mind-reading technology
The senior researcher from Nissan Research Center in Japan cautions that the B2B technology is not actually reading anyone’s minds. It’s just interpreting brain signatures relating to the activities of the brain that relate to movements.
Research in simulations show that the B2B aparati can increase driver response times by approximately 0.5 to 0.2 seconds. In some driving circumstances, this small fraction of a second could serve to prevent a serious accident from happening. Ultimately, the technology is all about providing customers with a smoother and better experience while riding in an autonomous car or driving the vehicle in manual mode.
The technology is still in its infancy, but Nissan is continuing to work with partners to develop it into something that could potentially revolutionize the safety and enjoyment of the driving experience.
Were you injured in a car accident?
One of the best features of self-driving technology is that it takes the human element of driving — meaning that accidents caused by speeding, driving through red lights, distracted driving and drunk driving will be things of the past. Unfortunately, we’re not there yet, and in the meantime, we must all take great risks whenever we get on the road. In the event that an inattentive or unlawful human driver causes you to get in an crash, the law could be on your side and legal options may be available.