VIDEO: Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle Tech

Nissan said it will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show new technology designed to enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain.

This brain-to-vehicle technology promises to speed up reaction times and lead to cars that keep adapting to the driver’s wishes, according to the automaker. By detecting signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement, such as turning the steering wheel, driver assist technologies can begin the action more quickly.

Additionally, Nissan said, the technology can detect and evaluate driver discomfort, triggering artificial intelligence that can change the driving configuration or driving style when the vehicle is in autonomous mode. The brain-to-vehicle technology, part of Nissan’s intelligent mobility initiative, is the result of research into brain-decoding technology that predicts driver actions and detects discomfort.

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

At CES, Nissan will use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of the technology. The display will be in booth 5431 in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall. The giant trade show takes place Jan. 8-12.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” said Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, senior innovation researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan. “This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come.”