Nissan to develop car that can read the driver's thoughts
A prototype is expected in four years, combining the car company's efforts with those of a Swiss technological university.
Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM
SUPER-SMART CARS: Nissan is joining with a Swiss university to develop cars that can turn left with their driver just thinking about it. (Photo: ZUMA Press)
GENEVA — In the future, thinking about turning left may no longer be just a thought. Japanese auto giant Nissan and a Swiss university are developing cars that scan the driver's thoughts and prepare the vehicle for the next move.
"The idea is to blend driver and vehicle intelligence together in such a way that eliminates conflicts between them, leading to a safer motoring environment," said Jose del R. Millan, a professor at Swiss technological university EPFL who is leading the project.
The project uses "brain activity measurement, eye movement patterns and by scanning the environment around the car in conjunction with the car's own sensors" to forecast the driver's next move.
The vehicle then prepares itself for the manoeuvre by slowing down if necessary, or positioning slightly left or right.
An EPFL spokesman said the research would last four years, and that "at the end of that period, we hope to have a prototype ready."
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