Chinese Concept Car Controlled by Brainwaves
Autonomous cars are an inevitable reality of the future, but researchers are going even further. This time they're putting you back in control of your car, but instead of your hands, your brainwaves will be doing all the work. Chinese researchers at Nankai University have been working on a mind-controlled car for the last two years. The system uses special equipment that picks up EEG signals from the brain and then sends them wirelessly to the car's computer. The computer interprets those signals and decides what physical actions the car should make. They recently unveiled their prototype Haval brainwave car in China. RELATED: Fiat FCC4 Concept is Lovably Weird
It sounds a little weird, especialy when we are all still trying to muddle our way through autonomous tech, but the team sees this working hand-in-hand with that technology. Autonomous cars have complex computer systems. That technology can be leveraged to incorporate brainwave technology.
They were inspired by the idea of helping the disabled drive cars. There are limitations on what the disabled can do, even with an autonomous car. If they can simply think what they need the car to do, then it would increase their mobility and give them freedom that they don't currently enjoy. And think how cool it would be to summon your car with your mind.
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