Developed through the auto giant's "Intelligent Mobility" programme, the so-called Brain-to-Vehicle (B2V) technology, which will be demonstrated at this month's CES event in Las Vegas, draws on recent advances in neuroscience and is claimed to be the first real-time brain monitoring system of its kind for automotive applications.
Nissan hopes this will optimise reaction times by around half a second, while remaining imperceptible, but also lead to a more enjoyable driving experience. The neural interface, which cannot only improve reaction times, but also manage cabin comforts based on signals it takes from your brain, is one of the things Nissan will be showing off at CES this year.
Nissan calls the futuristic feature "brain-to-vehicle" or "B2V", and the chief design is to provide invaluable driving assistance both in manual and autonomous mode.
Nissan senior researcher Lucian Gheorghe said, "Nissan is the very first manufacturer that is bringing real-time brain activity in vehicles as a means for enhancing driving pleasure". The brakes could then be applied immediately, even before the driver's foot has touched the brake pedal. The vehicle's autonomous driving system uses the brain wave measurements too, to best match itself to the driver's driving style. Essentially, the auto is reads your thoughts to help predict which move you're going to make next.
The B2V technology is the latest development from Nissan Intelligent Mobility, a sector of the company dedicated to the future of cars.
Nissan will reveal the B2V system has part of a broader Intelligent Mobility announcement at Consumer Electronics Show this month.
As cars become more and more advanced with semi-autonomous driving features, it seems the driver has less and less to do in the vehicle.
It promises to speed up your reaction times, for example when changing lanes on the motorway or taking a tight corner, the system will anticipate what is about to happen and turn the wheel or slow the auto approximately 0.2 seconds before you complete the action. "This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovations inside our vehicles in the years to come".
Nissan will use a driving simulator to display some aspects of the technology at CES.
Automakers are checking out the ways to keep driving relevant as beginners such as Alphabet Inc.'s Waymo and Apple Inc. aim to overthrow the industry with completely autonomous technologies.
Lots of companies are working on cars that drive themselves using computers.