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Nissan Explores Thought Control for Cars

By Jake Lingeman

By AutoWeek Sep 30, 2011 10:19AM
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Nissan is working on some interesting experiments for the next generation of connected cars. But they won't just be connected to the Internet or to each other--they'll be connected to your brain.

When the driver thinks about turning left, the car would prepare for the move, center itself in the lane and being braking before completing the turn. Nissan says the aim is to ensure that our roads are as safe as possible. No word on what happens when a driver thinks about punching the guy in the next lane.

Nissan is working on the project with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPEL) in Switzerland.

Scientists' research on Brain Machine Interface systems already allows a person who uses a wheelchair to control the chair just by thought transference. The next stage is to adapt it for a car, according to Nissan.

Apparently the concentration level needed to do this is high. The companies are working on using statistical analysis to predict a driver's intentions, lessening the concentration needed.

The system will use eye movements, brain-activity measurements and scans of the surrounding environments, along with the car's own sensors, to predict what the driver might do next.

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Oct 3, 2011 7:01AM
LOL, what if your mad at the guy who cut you off, is your car going to try and run him over because your thinking about that. LOL
Oct 3, 2011 1:27PM
Oct 3, 2011 11:46AM
So, in the hands of a 21 year old male this would drive at very high speed to the nearest strip club?

Someone gets annoyed by a cyclist and the car flings its door open as the car goes past?

Notice how the article mentions the "driver" has to have a high level on concentration? And then the cell phone rings and the car is going to be headed for the nearest tree?

EDIT: Nice to see the spam blocker was updated..... not. Fail lives on.
Oct 1, 2011 4:55AM
what about someone high on meth that woul be wild ride.
Sep 30, 2011 11:55AM
i could see one of these now attached to a psychopath!!Angry
Oct 4, 2011 12:18AM
Where do we draw the line on computers doing everything for us.    Read my mind??  Really guys! I don't even know what I'm thinking some times.   This could get out of hand real quick if you just realized that you missed your turn.  What?    Will the car quickly make a left or right?   No thanks guys.   I think I'll just keep on driving myself and leave the computer in the back seat with the kids.
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