Nissan of Europe working on a virtual co-pilot for cars


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Nissan of Europe has been dabbling with a mind reader technology that seems to be coming out a science fiction movie called Stealth. Word has it that the mind reader technology acts as a co-pilot in your car.

The mind reader technology is called the EPFL, which stands for École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Swiss. The idea behind the EPFL is that it uses data from the senors located within a helmet to predict a driver’s maneuver.  The car then select a certain speed, make a turn or brake a car to a full stop at red light or stop sign. This technology is not new, the U.S. Air Force has been developing this mind reader technology for years to help pilots be more alert and deal with a lot of function displays on jet planes.

“The idea is to blend driver and vehicle intelligence together in such a way that eliminates conflicts between them, leading to a safer motoring environment,” said Professor Jose del R. Millan, who’s leading the project.

How the sensors work is that they pick up electrical signals from the brain activity, eye movement patterns and the scanning of the environment, it then analyzes the driver’s next move; and all of this happens instantaneously.

“Brain wave analysis has helped me understand driver burden in order to reduce driver stress,” said Lucian Gheorghe of Nissan’s Mobility Research Center. “During our collaboration with EPFL, I believe we will not only be able to contribute to the scientific community but we will also find engineering solutions that will bring us close to providing easy access to personal mobility for everyone.”

The ideal sounds good, but lets hope it doesn’t result like in the Steath movie, which the computer brain takes total control of the jet and sends bio-nukes to major cities in the world to start World War III.