Nissan wants to make cars that can read your mind

NissanNissan’s ‘Brain-to-Vehicle’ technology would read a driver’s brain waves through a skullcap covered in electrodes and wires.

  • Nissan is developing “Brain-to-Vehicle” technology that could read a driver’s mind.
  • The technology would read a driver’s brain waves to increase reaction times or, in an autonomous vehicle, adjust the car’s driving style to increase the owner’s comfort.
  • Nissan plans to demonstrate the technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Nissan is working on making cars that can read your mind.

The company plans to demonstrate its Brain-to-Vehicle technology at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Drivers would wear a skullcap covered in electrodes and wires that would read their brain waves to make the car’s reaction time faster.

If the driver decides to turn the car, for example, the technology could initiate the process before the driver can react to his or her thoughts. A Brain-to-Vehicle system could also be used in an autonomous car, allowing the car to adjust its driving style based on the owner’s desires.

“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,” Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci said in a statement.

Nissan introduced other technological features for its cars in 2017, including an enhanced cruise-control system that can help control a car in stop-and-go traffic and keep it in its lane, and the ability to start some cars remotely with Alexa devices.

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