A team in Germany have managed to modify a car so that it can be driven with Emotiv's electroencephalography tool, which allows a user to control something--be it a video game or a Volkswagen Passat--with only the power of the mind. Of particular note is the warning embedded in the video: Do not try this at home. Especially not in your regular, unmodified car.
Raul Rojas and his team at the Freie Universität Berlin are behind this latest autonomous car, though it uses tools from Emotiv, a San-Francisco-based company that we've covered before (Emotiv is responsible for the best of those "mind-reading gaming headsets"). This modified Passat uses essentially the same tools--it maps certain brain activity patterns to a certain command, which is then fed back into the car to execute said command.
There's a delay of a few seconds on the contraption, which means this version isn't exactly ready for the street, but as the driver's smugly satisfied expression shows, it does indeed work. There are lots of theoretical applications for such a device, from new solutions for handicapped drivers or various location services, though for these to really take off, we might want to design a car without the clunky, soon-to-be-unnecessary steering wheel. Maybe a joystick or control pad for backup, instead?
[via IEEE Spectrum]
hmmm... I wonder if the ability to control machines with our minds would cancel out the murderous tendencies of AI...
It's fascinating to see the continued development of mind controlled vehicles, computers and high-tech prosthetics. Does anyone know whether the subconscious mind can intrude on the consonscious mind control, so giving alternative commands or "noise" to the commands your conscious mind is giving?
My subconscious is telling me, "No."
what happens if the driver spots a hot chick passing by?
Wow, great work...
You'll get a headache, then crash immediately.
So what happens if the driver reads a street sign? I don't see this as being realistic which I'm assuming you need to put your entire focus in driving?
Wow, nice one
"what happens if the driver spots a hot chick passing by?"
Probably rams into the person in front of him or drives off the road, same as what happens now.