Nissan said its breakthrough is the result of research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver's actions and identify discomfort.
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.
Brain-to-Vehicle technology is able to improve the driver's reaction time to obstacles in the road by detecting when the driver plans to make an evasive maneuver.
For example, the technology can predict an action in advance, such as a driver about to turn the steering wheel or press the gas pedal.
In normal driving circumstances, Nissan says the initial but nearly imperceptible turning and acceleration input from the system will enhance driving pleasure while in sportier applications the system could be developed to shave down lap times.
The system is also said to detect the driver's mood and alter the driving configuration in a moment, to suit the driver's needs.
Nissan is developing new technology that can read your mind
B2V is the latest development in Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for transforming how cars are driven, powered and integrated into society.
The driver wears a wired skullcap that measures brain wave activity and the vehicle's autonomous systems interprets the signals. No it's not experimenting with mutant genes to give auto owners X-Men-like powers, but rather studying how drivers' brains precisely respond to certain obstacles on the road.
The system requires a brain wave-monitoring headset, and feeds the information it gathers back to the self-driving systems on board the auto. This is analysed by autonomous systems and lets them take actions such slowing the vehicle - 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than the driver.
Nissan would probably need some sort of less intrusive version if the technology was be practical for the market.
The driver is still responsible for most of the driving, but the B2V technology can brake, steer, or accelerate the auto around 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than a human, according to our sister site ZDNet.
Nissan will demonstrate the technology at CES 2018, the announcement said. This may mean adjusting the driving style or aspects of the car's interior.
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