Nissan will show off aspects of the tech using a driving simulator at CES, so attendees will get a chance to see what this cold look like in practice.
Consisting of a wearable device that measures brain wave activity and specially-designed algorithms for analysing this data, the technology is able both predict a driver's actions and detect signs of discomfort, Nissan claims.
The breakthrough uses brain decoding technology to predict a driver's actions - that he/she is going to turn the steering wheel, for example. This is useful for when a auto is in fully autonomous mode because it enables the vehicle to adjust its driving style or drive settings to improve comfort.More news: Short Term Outlook For The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW)
"The potential applications of the technology are incredible", explained Lucian Gheorghe, leader of the B2V research. Indicators are then transmitted to the car's semi-autonomous system, which can then initiate those actions 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver.
While you would rightly be sceptical about the promises being made here, Nissan is serious in its Kubrickian quest to delve into the workings of our brains.
B2V is the latest development in the company's move to transform how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
As cars become more and more advanced with semi-autonomous driving features, it seems the driver has less and less to do in the auto. Through an electroencephalography (EEG) skull cap, the system reads brain waves and adapts to the wearer's driving style. "Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity", said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan executive vice president. "This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovations inside our vehicles in the years to come".More news: Stephen Curry returns for Warriors after out 11 games
Nissan claims that its B2V technology is the first of its kind in the world.
It'll be demonstrating the technology next week, at CES 2018.
While the announcement focused on passenger vehicles, B2V technology could be helpful to boost safety in industries that use heavy machinery, including construction and manufacturing.
The concept of a connected vehicle may get a new meaning.More news: Zuma's exit not on ANC's meeting agenda