Nissan developing a car that will scan the driver’s thoughts and prepare the car for the next move

In the future, thinking about turning left may no longer be just a thought. Nissan and a Swiss university are developing cars that scan the driver’s thoughts and prepares the vehicle for the next move. The project uses brain activity measurement, eye movement patterns and by scanning the environment around the car in conjunction with the car’s own sensors to forecast the driver’s next move. The vehicle then prepares itself for the maneuver by slowing down if necessary or positioning slightly left or right.

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 Jose del R Millan, a professor at Swiss technological university EPFL who is leading the project. The research would last four years, and by that time they hope to have a prototype ready.