A Look at a Futuristic Concept
Have you ever wanted to control your car with your mind? Well, in the near future that might be a real possibility. Soon, vehicles like the Nissan Altima may be able to read your mind.
Nissan has joined forces with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland 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
In the near future, 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, the vehicles you can test drive at Dick Scott Nissan in Canton, MI are only able to be operated with your hands. But that doesn't mean they aren't as futuristic.