Innovation of the week
Nissan is developing a “car of the future that will read your brain waves,” said Jie Ma and Nao Sano in Bloomberg.com. The automaker this week unveiled its “brain-to-vehicle” technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The system tries to “decode” a driver’s thinking to “anticipate actions” and make hands-on driving more fun. The driver wears a skullcap with electrodes that transmit brain-wave activity to influence the steering, acceleration, and braking systems. “The driver still turns the wheel or hits the gas pedal, but the car anticipates those movements and begins the actions 0.2 seconds to 0.5 seconds sooner.” Nissan is also planning to release autonomous vehicles in 2022, and the skullcap can distinguish driver “preferences and discomfort” so the car can adjust accordingly and switch back to manual. “Driving pleasure is something as humans we should not lose,” said Lucian Gheorghe, Nissan’s senior innovation researcher.