Ever wanted to control your car with your mind? Well, vehicles like the Nissan Altima may soon be able of reading your mind.
Nissan has joined forces with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) to research "Brain Machine Interface" (BMI) concepts. The idea allows disabled people to maneuver wheelchairs by thought transference. Nissan hopes to convert this project for use in cars, so that disabled drivers (and able bodied ones) can drive telepathically.
"The Nissan and EPFL collaboration is developing systems that go to the next stage using statistical analysis to predict a diver's intentions and to evaluate a driver's cognitive state relevant to the driving environment," according to Motor Authority.1
We at Royal Nissan are excited to see how this technology will work in real life situations. Cars might be able to predict a driver's next move. An interface with the vehicle's GPS will help set up upcoming turns. A device may also read your facial expressions or eye movement to see where you'd like to go next. A car that could prepare itself for the next maneuver will help in selecting correct speed and road positioning.
For now, you can test drive vehicles you drive with your hands at Royal Nissan in Baton Rouge, LA.