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MIND-READING CAR COULD DRIVE YOU ROUND THE BEND

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Posted by abeodbart September 30, 2011 at 8:29 am

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“One of the world’s largest motor manufacturers is working with scientists based in Switzerland to design a car that can read its driver’s mind and predict his or her next move.

The collaboration, between Nissan and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), is intended to balance the necessities of road safety with demands for personal transport.

Scientists at the EPFL have already developed brain-machine interface (BMI) systems that allow wheelchair users to manoeuvre their chairs by thought transference. Their next step will be finding a way to incorporate that technology into the way motorists interact with their cars.

If the endeavour proves successful, the vehicles of the future may be able to prepare themselves for a left or right turn – choosing the correct speed and positioning – by gauging that their drivers are thinking about making such a turn.

However, although BMI technology is well established, the levels of human concentration needed to make it work are extremely high, so the research team is working on systems that will use statistical analysis to predict a driver’s next move and to “evaluate a driver’s cognitive state relevant to the driving environment”.

By measuring brain activity, monitoring patterns of eye movement and scanning the environment around the car, the team thinks the car will be able to predict what a driver is planning to do and help him or her complete the manoeuvre safely.”

Read more at The Guardian (Thanks Laurence)

COMMENTS
September 30, 2011 at 9:26 am
Richard says:

Have you seen the state of driving on the road? How will it interpret a driver texting whilst driving?


September 30, 2011 at 11:39 am
Lauren says:

well thats’s… erm.. different !!


September 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm
Annette M says:

Not a good idea if you play a lot of Grand Theft Auto…


September 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm
roz says:

nevermind that–can it read OTHER drivers’ minds? i’ve been trying fer years!


September 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Roger Daltrey doing a Top Gear lap in this little number would be great to see.


October 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm
alan says:

MIND-READING CAR COULD DRIVE YOU ROUND THE BEND
but also provide the perfect alibi? This collision had nothing to do with us officer. We were all sitting in the back.


October 4, 2011 at 7:07 am
Emma L says:

Would this perhaps prevent drink driving, tired driving, even perhaps those who wish to collide into a tree? Because that would come in handy to save lives.


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