2018 seems to be quite an eventful year. To all the car lovers and experts out there, take your time out meet the future cars that would read your mind. Yes, you have read that right. Nissan is working on “brain-to-vehicle” technology that would “enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain”.

So, in the future, people might witness cars that would not only drive autonomously but would be able to read the driver’s mind also. This might sound a bit creepy but Nissan has also justified that its so-called B2V technology provides benefits for both the manual and autonomous driving. It’s just that this technology requires a driver to wear a device on their head that would measure the brain activity that which would be then be analyzed by autonomous systems. After the driver puts on a skullcap device that can measure brain activity, an AI system might as well predict if the driver is going to turn or brake and initiate the action 0.2 to 0.5 seconds before they react.

While a driver is behind the wheel now, operating the car manually, the B2V technology would be able to sense that he/she is about to turn the steering or push the accelerator. Thus, with this acquired information, the driver-assistant technologies would be able to initiate the action more quickly, bringing much improvement to the reaction time.

Again, in autonomous mode, this brain-reading technology would be able to detect whenever the driver feels uncomfortable. Using artificial intelligence, the car would then be able to change its driving style or adjust the environment to please him/her. Here, if the technology again successfully detects that the driver is stressed out, for instance, the car might use augmented reality to change the view to something more relaxing.

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To this Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci regarded that, “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”.

However, also Nissan also added that its researchers are mainly focused on making driving enjoyable, with its brain scanning technology that could almost certainly make self-driving systems safer, too. To this, Nissan senior researcher Lucian Gheorghe regarded that “The potential applications of the technology are incredible. This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come”.

Nissan plans to use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of its B2V system at CES next week.