Researchers in China have successfully created a car which can be driven using just your mind, with mind-control technology that is heavily under use and research these days. It works similar to other Brain Computer Interface (BCI) systems work. A driver is only required to wear the necessary headgear which is designed to capture brain signals. Those brain signals are then used to direct a car. While automated cars may prove to be expensive in the short-term at least, this is another way for the elderly or handicapped to drive.
Chinese researchers at Nankai University used 16 electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors that capture signals from the brain. A computer system designed specifically for controlling the car then filters out relevant signals and translates them into commands that a particular car can accept such as, drive forward, and reverse etc. The researchers claim that this technology, at the current abilities, can be used to drive the car forward and backwards. It can further be used to unlock and lock the doors, and even brake. It is an impressive feat however, it’s not the first time something similar has been accomplished. For example, in 2011, researchers at Freie Universitaet were able to demonstrate similar technology in a Volkswagen Passat. Most recently, McLaren introduced a concept Formula One car that they claimed could incorporate BCI technology so a driver could control the car just be wearing a particular helmet. This Formula One car was called the MP4-X.
Researchers have been putting in a lot of effort to develop the BCI technology to help those with disabilities. BCI technology has even be used to control robots. BCI could even help paralyzed people move again. There are several practical applications for the technology that can be used to help humanity in a lot of different ways. For now, let’s see how far the mind-controlled car goes. Researchers claim that the entire “hand and feet” driving model will be changed in the future, and this is the beginning.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.