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The company has released its Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology designed to speed up reaction times for drivers and produce cars that keep adapting in a bid to make driving more enjoyable.
Nissan are all set to demonstrate their new technology at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas.
B2V is part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company’s vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
Unlike autonomous driving, which is designed to enable drivers to hand over complete control of their car to computers, B2V technology uses signals from people’s brains to influence the drive and make it more exciting and enjoyable.
B2V is a direct result of Nissan’s research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver’s actions and detect discomfort.
The technology can predict by reading the signs that a driver’s brain is about to initiate movement, for example, turning the steering wheel or pushing the accelerator pedal. Using driver assist technologies B2V can begin the action more quickly, which will improve reaction times and enhance manual driving.
B2V can detect and evaluate driver discomfort, and using artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration or driving style when in autonomous mode.
Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, a senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Centre in Japan has identified further uses for the new B2V technology. She suggests it can be used to adjust the vehicle’s internal environment, for example, it can use augmented reality to adjust what a driver sees and create a more relaxing environment.
“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” Gheorghe said. “This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come.”
The first of its kind
Nissan’s B2V technology is the world’s first system of its kind. The driver wears a device that measures brain wave activity, which is then analyzed by autonomous systems. By anticipating intended movement, the systems can take actions, for example, turning the steering wheel of the car or slowing the car – 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, while remaining largely imperceptible.