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Nissan Develops World's First Brain-to-Vehicle Technology

Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motor Company has developed the world’s first technology that enables vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain.

Nissan's B2V technology Photo: Nissan

The company's Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, technology promises to speed up reaction times for drivers and will lead to cars that keep adapting to make driving more enjoyable. 

"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," said Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci.

"Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity."  This breakthrough from Nissan is the result of research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver's actions and detect discomfort. 

"The potential applications of the technology are incredible," Gheorghe said.

“This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come." 

The driver wears a device that measures brain wave activity, which is then analyzed by autonomous systems. 

By anticipating intended movement, the systems can take actions – such as turning the steering wheel or slowing the car – 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver, while remaining largely imperceptible. 

Nissan will demonstrate capabilities of this exclusive technology at the CES 2018 trade show in Las Vegas. 

B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.  

Nissan will use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of the technology at CES, and Gheorghe will be on hand to answer questions.

Nissan's display will be at booth 5431 in the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall.