Nissan is calling it Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, and the company promises the technology will speed up reaction times for drivers and make driving more enjoyable.
Nissan is going to be demonstrating B2V at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas January 9-12. "Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable", Schillaci notes. 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.
The B2V interface has a goal of allowing the decoding technology to predict a driver's actions and detect discomfort. In such a case, the auto when cruising in autonomous mode will activate its builtin artificial intelligence and adjust the vehicle's driving style.
Other possible uses include adjusting the vehicle's internal environment, said senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan.
Driver discomfort would also be monitored and managed by the system, using artificial intelligence.
The tech requires the driver to wear a device that measures brain wave activity.
The ultimate goal, according to Gheorghe, is for future cars with smart navigating features to deliver a better riding experience that will apply to both drivers and passengers. The disconnect is so great that a driver doesn't even need to touch the wheel while driving on the highway.
B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society. Sensors could detect drivers intentions and make faster reaction than human brain-muscle system in less reaction time.
It uses a brain wave monitoring headset, which can track activity within the wearer's brain. Any car-taken actions will be mostly unnoticeable to the driver, Nissan said. If you're concerned that your robo-taxi is taking corners too quickly, or not leaving enough space between you and the auto in front, Nissan's system could identify that stress and have the vehicle switch into a more cautious drive mode.
Nissan hasn't indicated when the technology will be implemented in a production vehicle.