Barely a day goes by without a new development in smart car technology, from computerized cars to driving directions. Now researchers in Switzerland are developing cars with the ultimate gift of intelligence: The ability to read our minds.
Researchers at EFPL have been developing thought-controlled wheelchair systems, and now they're taking their motion-control tech to the road, working with Nissan to build a system that can anticipate a driver's next move.
Using environmental and biometric indicators, cars will prepare themselves for an upcoming task the driver already has in mind, maybe slowing down to ready for a turn, or changing lanes in anticipation of a highway exit.
"The idea is to blend driver and vehicle intelligence together in such a way that eliminates conflicts between them," said José del R. Millán, a professor at EPFL who is leading the research project.
It will use sensors embedded in the car, as well as brain activity and eye movement patterns, to anticipate what's about to happen. Many brain-machine interfaces rely on mapping brainwaves, which requires lots of initial testing to determine a user's patterns, not to mention really deep thought to make sure there are no mixed signals. For instance, this German brainwave car we saw last winter uses the Emotiv EEG headset, which correlates brain activity to a certain command. But it has a several-second delay, definitely too long for a real-life road reaction.
EPFL says their new system also uses statistical analysis to predict a driver's intentions. It would conceivably work faster, so the car would know you're thinking "turn left" before you actually start actively thinking it.
This may be a unique system for cars, but the military is already planning an anticipation system for drones. That system would use data from air traffic control and model how piloted planes take off and land. So could a similar driver-behavior system could someday be used for fleets of autonomous cars? For now, we're OK with our cars helping us pay attention to the tasks at hand.
Well...it is definitively better, than let an Asian drive!
Looking at the young ladie in the picture, I find it kind of cute she feels the need to wear her seat belt... lol.
"ladie", my spelling just kills me. My writing ability is so diflicted at times. lol snort. Moving on.... lol.
I would be curious to see what happens to this system if a couple different things happened.
First if you are unsure about where you are going does that mean it constantly registers left right left right straight and so on? If so then that could be a major downfall to this technology
Second what happens if the driver is distracted? Can the sensors be fooled by thinking something completely different that may register the same?
Third the whole changing lanes thing freaks me out.. I can see starting to slow down as to save on the breaks, but rarely is it dangerous to go slower. On the other hand changing lanes..
What is missing from this system is 3 other people in the car.
One is her husband and he is upset with his wife, talking much to her very direct.
In the back seat is 2 children and one is a baby screaming at the top of its lungs. The other child is playing with moving toys.
The woman driving is also putting on her makeup and using the cell phone at the same time.
Add to this a busy traffic situation and the radio being on and air condistioner not working and the electric windows will not come down and the day is hot.
Or some part of this situation happening....
@mp I dont know what kinda women you look at, but that a guy driveing not wearing a seat belt either, that is the bottom of his sweater(does admittedly looks like a lap belt) and of course the white bands are the wiring for the electrodes.
This is all neat and dandy tech that would be great for a wheelchair,mech, or zoid but google's driversless cars will make it irrelevant. Id rather use the driving time for a productive purpose.
I dont want a car to think what im thinking, should i turn right here or at the light, or i really wanna pass this ol'lady.
I put on my glasses. Yup on the lap, the bottom to a shirt. You are correct. Yes I knew the head gear was part of the science system\experiment. Also, I was joking in that first comment.
Well if you are unsure about where you are going does that mean it constantly registers left right left right straight and so on? If so then that could be a major downfall to this technology. Scientists also came up with this mind controlled car breaking system but did it actually work? www.liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3069366
This has to be the most ridiculous underthought out experiment ever. How unreliable would the tech be, mistaking a glance to the left for the intention to change lanes could kill. Also what about when people are in indecision? will the car just do what it wants?
That girl in her home study drives course keeps repeating to herself.
I AM GOING TO PASS THAT STUPID DRIVERS TEST! I AM GOING TO PAST THAT STUPID DRIVERS TEST! I AM....
well you understand...
What happens when you have someone that does not know how to drive in the first place? I would not relay on this for a second, give me a good old wheel and brake and I will do everything myself
@muhaddib learn some English dipshit