Driving Via Direct Signals from the Brain

Posted on October 7, 2011  Comments (5)

Last year we learned of Google”™s Self Driving Car, which is actually making great progress in the real world (cool). And a few years ago I wrote about Toyota’s wheelchair you control with your mind. Now Nissan is looking at cars that you drive aided by accessing brain signals.

This idea is a bit scary to me, the self driving car is less so. But it is great to see us pushing the engineering boundaries forward. It is such a shame that the huge economic failures in the USA, Europe and Japan are rightly grabbing much of the attention these days. If we just reduced the waste and corruption in the political and financial systems it would allow us to take more joy is the great time we do for awesome engineering breakthroughs. Still, if we can try to block out those painful economic realities, these types of breakthroughs are really cool.

The webcast shows the work of the Artificial Intelligence Group of the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany (BrainDriver).

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And Nissan is collaborating with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland (EPFL) on a car that uses your brain signals (along with signals the computer gets via its own sensors) to aid in driving.

5 Responses to “Driving Via Direct Signals from the Brain”

  1. Tom
    October 7th, 2011 @ 7:45 am

    About a year ago a self driving car was tested in my hometown! The Technology was developed by the TU Braunschweig, it´s a technical university. Here ia a video if you´re interested: http://www.spiegel.de/video/video-1088474.html
    The driver is only there in case something happens.

  2. jeff
    October 11th, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    Driving cars using your brain? We are really advancing into technology. Wonder what the future will look like 30 years from now.

  3. martin
    October 11th, 2011 @ 4:20 am

    I wonder how this works. Say when you buy a car driven by brain signals, would you still have a key or your chosen car needs to be programmed first? Technology. Sometimes it scares me.

  4. Kel
    October 17th, 2011 @ 9:48 am

    I’m not so sure what to think about this. Technology can be a great thing at times. But in this case, I think we need to stick with the traditional methods of driving a car.

  5. Anonymous
    October 26th, 2011 @ 12:39 pm

    Driving with your brain, that’s amazing, I had no idea we had that kind of technology. I don’t know if I like the implications of that, though.

    Self driven cars, on the other hand, are great. I think cutting out human error of the driving process could reduce deaths and stress of the greater populace.

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