The Human Brain
In recent years, we learned more and more how our brain works. From these advancements in neuroscience itself, we can give a new dimension to the interaction between vehicles and human beings. We are trying to deliver technology that enhances the driver.
Nissan is the very first manufacturer that is bringing real-time brain activity in vehicles as a means of enhancing driving pleasure and the experience in autonomous driving vehicles.
We are building specific measuring devices, and also specific algorithms to understand the signals that we record from our brain. We are decoding motor cortex activity in real-time, we can predict the driver’s movement timing.
Our systems will be able to tell an autonomous vehicle, the driver will be steering in the next 300 milliseconds. Then we can use this window in time to enhance the execution.
Synchronizing the support of the AD with your own actions, you will always feel that you are in control driving perfectly on this winding road. The more information that we put in the vehicle, we need to know how the driver reacts.
By looking at a certain area in our brain, we can see these special firings that happen whenever an event that is different with the expectation of the driver appears. We are now decoding these signatures in real time and putting them back into the autonomous system in order to enhance the way this control is performed.
So any small deviations from the way you would expect the vehicle to act can be corrected. So you will have a much more enjoyable autonomous driving experience. Vehicles are becoming smarter; instruments in the vehicles are becoming smarter.
We are imagining a future when such brain measuring devices may be a part of our daily life. What we are preparing is a vehicle that is ready for brain connectivity.
In the near future, you will see more autonomy, more electrification and more connectivity in Nissan’s vehicles. All these experience enhancement systems can turn on, the moment you sit in the vehicle.