Nissan puts brain in gear with smart approach to driving

Auto & Audio January 10, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

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NISSAN’S pioneering brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology is definitely a highlight at the CES 2018 show in Las Vegas. 

Held between January 9 to 12, CES 2018 is a global stage for innovative consumer technologies and breakthrough inventions. 

B2V fits in perfectly into this category, as it interprets signals from the driver’s brain to assist with driving and to help the vehicle’s autonomous and manual systems learn from the driver. The technology promises shorter reaction times and systems that adapt to maximise driving pleasure.

“When most people think about autonomous driving, they have a very impersonal vision of the future, where humans relinquish control to the machines. Yet, B2V technology does the opposite, by using signals from their own brain to make the drive even more exciting and enjoyable,” Daniele Schillaci, Nissan executive vice president, said ahead of the CES 2018.

This breakthrough from Nissan is the result of research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver’s actions and detect discomfort. It constitutes the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility. 

B2V, for example, can catch signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement such as turning the steering wheel or pushing the accelerator pedal. As a result, the driver assist technologies can begin the action more quickly. This can improve reaction times and enhance manual driving. 

By detecting and evaluating driver discomfort, artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration or driving style when in autonomous mode. 

Nissan’s B2V is the world’s first system of its kind. The driver wears a device that measures brain wave activity, which is then analysed by autonomous systems. By anticipating intended movement, the systems can take actions such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the car – 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, while remaining largely imperceptible.