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Nissan to showcase full demo of Brain-to-Vehicle technology at CES 2018

By Yrda Veanssa Sy Fernandez - on 5 Jan 2018, 3:20pm

Nissan to showcase full demo of Brain-to-Vehicle technology at CES 2018

Annually, CES, the world’s gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, happens. CES 2018 is set to take place on January 9-12, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A. A lot of brands will show their latest innovations and upcoming products in this big tech show.

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For Nissan, 2018 is the perfect year to show the world its latest innovation -- cars that can learn from its driver. On January 4, 2018, Nissan unveiled its research that will enable vehicles to interpret signals from the driver’s brain, redefining how people interact with their cars.

Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology promises to speed up reaction times for drivers and will lead to cars that keep adapting to make driving a more enjoyable experience. The company will show a full demonstration of the 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.

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“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 Daniele Schillaci, Nissan Executive Vice President. “Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility, we are moving people to a better world by delivering more autonomy, more electrification, and more connectivity.”

B2V technology is the result of Nissan’s research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver’s actions and detect discomfort.

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Predict: By catching signs that the driver’s brain is about to initiate a movement ‒ such as turning the steering wheel or pushing the accelerator pedal ‒ driver assist technologies can begin the action more quickly. This can improve reaction times and enhance manual driving.

Detect: By detecting and evaluating driver discomfort, artificial intelligence can change the driving configuration on driving style when in autonomous mode.

“The potential applications of the technology are incredible,” shares Dr. Lucian Gheorghe, Senior Innovation Researcher at the Nissan Research Center in Japan and the one who leads the B2V research. “This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come.”

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Nissan’s B2V Technology is the world’s first system of its kind. 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.

Gheorghe will be on hand at Nissan’s booth at CES 2018 to answer questions. Nissan will use a driving simulator to demonstrate some elements of the B2V technology. Nissan’s display will be at booth 5431 in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall.