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Nissan Touts Brain Connectivity As Driving Aid

Nissan Touts Brain Connectivity As Driving Aid

The brain-to-vehicle, or B2V, technology can predict a driver's movements and act on them before they do. This development will also lead to cars which will continuously adapt to situations in order to make driving more enjoyable, the company said.

The Japanese auto manufacturer will present its brain-to-vehicle, or B2V, technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week. Nissan is hoping to bridge the ever-growing gap with its brain-to-vehicle technology, and all it takes is some silly looking headwear and a bit of positive thinking.

But Nissan's system is created to decode what a driver is thinking and use that to help control how a vehicle steers, accelerates or brakes. Also, the tech will detect whether a driver is comfortable while the vehicle is in autonomous mode and adjust the driving style or configuration on the fly.

Dr. Lucian Gheorghe is the leading innovation researcher for B2V at the Nissan Research Center in Japan and he says the new technology can potentially use augmented reality to modify what drivers see and generate a more "relaxing environment".

Nissan is attempting to humanise autonomous driving technology by implementing Brain-to-Vehicle technology into its fleet.

The system is also said to detect the driver's mood and alter the driving configuration in a moment, to suit the driver's needs.

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The driver wears a wired skullcap that measures brain wave activity and the vehicle's autonomous systems interprets the signals.

RotM Nissan reckons it has developed technology that will allow you to control cars of the future with your brainwaves.

Thankfully, being able to plug a human's brain into the auto seems to be a lot less painful than it sounds. They claim their B2V technology is the first system of its kind.

Cars.com's Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. This neural interface, which improves reaction times by around 0.2 to 0.5 seconds, also manages auto comforts based on signals it takes from your brain.

Nissan, part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, has been among the most aggressive automakers in pursuing electric and autonomous cars.

Nissan will use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of the technology at CES, and Gheorghe will be on hand to answer questions.