Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle tech could improve driving

Nissan has unveiled new technology that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, according to the company’s news release.

Known as Brain-to-Vehicle or B2V, the technology is expected to help redefine the interaction between vehicles and humans and enhance the driver. The feature is based on the concept of predicting and detecting, and aims to improve a driver’s reaction time and make the vehicle more adaptable to the driver — thus creating a more interesting driving experience.

“When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines,” said Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci. “Yet B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable.”

The automaker created a device that fits around the head to measure brain wave activity so that self-driving vehicle systems can analyze the information. When the system anticipates a movement, it can then take action by turning the steering wheel or slowing the car down in a largely imperceptible manner. The technology is said to be 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver.

B2V can also be used to adjust a vehicle’s internal environment with the use of augmented reality, such as creating a more relaxed space.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Centre in Japan and head of the B2V research. “This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come.”

A driver simulator will be used to demonstrate aspects of the B2V technology during the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev.

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