A team of Chinese researchers has developed a mind-controlled vehicle.

A team of Chinese researchers has developed a mind-controlled vehicle.

The team from Nankai University in the city of Tianjin has spent two years working on the project and the result is showcased in the attached video. The researchers say this is the country’s first vehicle that uses nothing but brain power to drive.

Developed under the supervision of Professor Duan Feng, the car, based on the Haval H9 full-size SUV, uses 16 sensors that pick up EEG (electroencephalogram) signals from the driver’s brain and transfers them wirelessly to the machine’s computer.

“Driverless cars' further development can bring more benefits to us, since we can better realize functions relating to brain controlling with the help of the driverless cars’ platform,” Duan commented to Reuters. “In the end, cars, whether driverless or not, and machines are serving for people. Under such circumstances, people’s intentions must be recognized. In our project, it makes the cars better serve human beings.”

Professor Feng also explained that the initial idea behind the project was helping disabled people to drive cars. “There are two starting points of this project. The first one is to provide a driving method without using hands or feet for the disabled who are unable to move freely; and secondly, to provide healthy people with a new and more intellectualized driving mode.”

Currently the prototype can only operate in a straight direction and there are no plans on putting it into production. 


Source: Reuters and The Times of India

Gallery: Meet China's first brain-controlled vehicle [video]