Wednesday 21 March 2018

The car that's driven by 'brain power'

A Google self-driving car is tested in Mountain View, California (AP)
A Google self-driving car is tested in Mountain View, California (AP)
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

First we will have cars that drive themselves. It is just a matter of time before we see more and more of them on our roads

But the next step is mind-blowing - cars that driven by brain power.

All the while, some of us still struggle to come to terms with driving a car with both hands and our minds fully on the task.

But, believe it or not, scientists now claim they have driven a car purely with brain signals.

The scientists are part of a team from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. The extent of their work is emerging now after they had first demonstrated the fruits of their two-year endeavours last November.

They used a wireless headset which uses 16 sensors (called EEG) or electroencephalogram).

The critical bit is the programme developed to pick out and translate the essential signals from the brain.

With this combination it is possible, they claim, for a car to move forwards, backwards, stop, and lock/unlock itself.

The basis of the project lies in the attempts, initially, to provide help for people with disabilities who could not steer a vehicle.

However, project leader and associate professor Duan Feng believes the system can be incorporated into driverless cars such as those made by Google and some manufacturers.

He says that driverless cars are helping because their platforms allow them to work out functions needed to translate control signals.

As of now, however, there are no plans for a 'brain-power' car to go into production. But who is to say it won't in 10 years? Or is it science fiction gone mad?

Indo Motoring

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