The searchers of “Nankai University’ based in the north-eastern Chinese port city of Tianjin, have developed world’s first ‘mind-controlled car’ that uses brain power to drive car.
The researcher team has spent two years to make brain-powered vehicle in reality. Driver By wearing brain signal-reading equipment can control the car to go reverse, forward, come to a stop, and both lock and unlock the vehicle all without moving their hands or feet.
A researcher Zhang Zhao told Reuters the equipment comprises 16 sensors that capture EEG (Electroencephalogram) signals from the driver’s brain. They developed a computer program that selects the relevant signals are then selected and wirelessly transmitted to a special computer program built by the researchers, which lets the driver to control the vehicle effectively.
“The tester’s EEG signals are picked up by this (brain signal-reading) equipment and transmitted wirelessly to the computer. The computer processes the signals to categorize and recognize people’s intention and then translates them into control command to the car. The core of the whole flow is to process the EEG signals, which is done on the computer,” said Zhang.
Duan Feng who is a Associate Professor in the university’s College of Computer and Control Engineering department, lead this project. He says that this technology is aimed towards the better serving of human beings, and how it might be soon possible to mix the concepts of brain-controlled technology and driverless cars just as Google Self Driving Car (SDC).
The research team says that their initial idea behind developing this technology was inspired by helping physically disabled people to steer cars.
Zhang said, “There are two starting points of this project. The first one is to provide a driving method without using hands or feet for the disabled who are unable to move freely; and secondly, to provide healthy people with a new and more intellectualized driving mode.”
As of now the vehicle in collaboration with Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall Motor, have only problem that these cars are capable of moving forward only in a straight direction.