This bit of news is something that kind of sounds like it comes out of a science fiction magazine. Obviously, we aren’t one. But either way, word is Nissan of Europe has just reported that they’re working with EPFL or École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland on a car system that can read your mind.
The car is a conceptual idea where it uses a series of sensors and scanners that analyze thought patterns of a driver. It then uses that data to predict a driver’s next move by preparing the car for the maneuver. The car will do so by selecting a correct speed at which to approach and road positioning before completing the turn.
“The idea is to blend driver and vehicle intelligence together in such a way that eliminates conflicts between them, leading to a safer motoring environment,” said Professor Jose del R. Millan, who’s leading the project.
Professor Millan continued to describe how the systems will work. He said they will measure brain activity, eye movement patterns and much more by scanning the environment around the car in conjunction with the car’s own sensors. The car will then calculate the data and predict the driver’s next move.
“Brain wave analysis has helped me understand driver burden in order to reduce driver stress,” said Lucian Gheorghe of Nissan’s Mobility Research Center. “During our collaboration with EPFL, I believe we will not only be able to contribute to the scientific community but we will also find engineering solutions that will bring us close to providing easy access to personal mobility for everyone.”
– By: Chris Chin