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Brief Published: 10 Jan 2018

CES 2018: Brain-to-Vehicle Tech

Nissan's brain-to-vehicle technology

Nissan has developed brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology that would allow drivers to control their cars using just their thoughts.

Unveiled at this year's CES trade show in Las Vegas (January 5-8), the technology decodes the driver's brain-wave activity via a head-worn device. It then predicts when a driver is about to initiate an action – such as turning the wheel or pressing the brake – and starts the action before them. This speeds up driver reaction times by 0.2 to 0.5 seconds, which can make driving safer.

While we often think autonomous driving means giving control to the machines, B2V technology allows people to take control of their vehicle, but in an easier, more enjoyable way. By collecting data in manual mode, the car's autonomous system can also be adapted to match the user's unique personal driving style.

B2V technology will completely change the way drivers interact with their cars, according to Nissan. In addition, "[B2V] technology can use augmented reality to adjust what the driver sees and create a more relaxing environment", the company said. Nissan is aiming to integrate the technology into its vehicles within the next five to 10 years.

For more on the latest advances in automotive tech, see Radical Transport. Don't miss our CES 2018 coverage, publishing on January 22.