Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Thinking man's (or woman's) car

'I think therefore I park' could be the strap line for a future Nissan car if work with Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland comes to fruition. Research on Brain Machine Interface (BMI) systems at EPFL already allows disabled users to manoeuvre their wheelchairs by thought transference alone. The next stage is to adapt the BMI processes to the car, and driver, of the future. Using brain activity measurement, eye movement patterns and by scanning the environment around the car in conjunction with the car’s own sensors, EPFL and Nissan aim to have the car predict what the driver plans to do and then assist with the manoeuvre in complete safety. Will anyone then fail the driving test?

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