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Old 02-23-2011, 07:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New computerized driving system uses sensors to record human brain waves, which allows drivers to steer the car with their thoughts

Professor Raúl Rojas, leader of the AutoNOMOS project at Freie Universität Berlin, and a team of researchers, have developed a compute system that utilizes sensors in order to allow drivers to steer their vehicle with their thoughts.

The AutoNOMOS project aims to study the technology for the "autonomous vehicles of the future." The project's research takes place in Freie Universität Berlin laboratories.

Rojas and his team were able to create a driving system based on human thought by using new commercially available sensors to measure brain waves. Specifically, the sensors record electroencephalograms (EEG).

Before applying the technology to an actual vehicle, scientists used the sensors to measure a person’s brain waves and allow them to move a virtual cube in various directions using their thoughts. Test subjects were asked to think of four different driving-related situations, such as "brake" or "turn right." Through this process, subjects were able to "train" the computer to decipher bioelectrical wave patterns sent from the brain and learned to apply them to the actual command.

An interface was then developed to connect the sensors to a computer-controlled vehicle, where the computer used the information it learned to read the driver's thoughts and steer the vehicle accordingly. The system was tested at the former Tempelhof Airport.

"In our test runs, a driver equipped with EEG sensors was able to control the car with no problem - there was only a slight delay between the envisaged commands and the response of the car," said Rojas.

Rojas and his team took the computer-controlled system out for a second test run and found that the EEG sensors were able to interpret the driver's brain waves to direct the vehicle appropriately at intersections. The vehicle also drove "largely automatically" during the second test run.

The Freie Universität Berlin team has created a video about the new driving system, which can be found here.


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This is super cool. Course I guess you could do nothing but drive this way but that isn't a bad thing.

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That would be bad if you are suicidal.
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