Automotive giant Nissan is set to demonstrate futuristic 'brain-to-car' technology at CES Asia 2019 in Shanghai this week.
Said to be the first of its kind, the brain-to-car technology analyses brain signals to improve the driving experience.
By having some idea of a driver's intention, the vehicle could assist with manoeuvres. Similarly, any discomfort experienced by the driver – such as the climate being too cold or hot – could result in the vehicle automatically adjusting controls.
The demonstration will be part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the vehicle manufacturer's initiative for advancing driving technologies and integrating them into society.
Roel De Vries, SVP for marketing at Nissan, said:
“We don’t just anticipate future trends and technologies, we define them. We believe technology should solve real-world problems and benefit as many people as possible.
This is the idea behind Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our vision for moving people to a better world.”
If ever, it will likely be some time before we see brain-to-car technology in road legal vehicles. Aside from the potential dangers from misreadings and regulatory hurdles to overcome, autonomous vehicles are removing the need for a driver altogether.
Nonetheless, Nissan's demonstration is a fascinating insight into how automotive manufacturers are exploring even the most sci-fi concepts as vehicles become ever more connected. Let's just hope it doesn't lead to that Pixar Cars post-apocalyptic fan theory coming true.