Hands-free driving a real brainwave
Published 01/03/2011 | 05:00
LOOK . . . no hands. Scientists have come up with a way of driving on brainpower.
The car, which is a modified Volkswagen Passat, is controlled by 'BrainDriver' software.
The whole operation centres on a neuroheadset device. It interprets signals from the brain (the technical name would do your head in -- it's called electroencephalography). And there is additional support from radar sensing technology and cameras.
Think you could do it? Well, despite all the brain power behind the venture the 'BrainDriver' application is merely for demonstration and is some way from being roadworthy yet.
Our picture shows Daniel Goehring of the research team of the Artificial Intelligence Group at the Freie Universitaet demonstrating hands-free driving in the research car named 'MadeInGermany' during a test in Berlin.