Nissan is highlighting is Brain-to-Vehicle technology at the consumer show, alongside the new LEAF and IMx concept EVs
While we’re becoming accustomed to systems like Vehicle to Grid (V2G) and autonomous driving technology, Brain-to-Vehicle is a quantum leap we were not expecting.
Yet that’s what Nissan is promising at this year’s CES. Offering “a glimpse of its vision for the future of mobility” the company will be displaying the technology alongside its latest EVs at the consumer show.
According to Nissan B2V “interprets signals from the driver’s brain to assist with driving and to help the vehicle’s autonomous and manual systems learn from the driver.” Doing so apparently enables the car to act with shorter reaction times and systems that will adapt to the diver’s preference.
In practice it seems that Nissan’s research is much closer to a machine learning system than a control system. The group’s researchers have been studying brain wave patterns as drivers turn and interact with the car and road, with a view to creating an autonomous driving experience that feels smoother and more human (and perhaps less like a robot is driving). You can learn more in this video below.
Making its debut in the US, the former will be developed with a suite of autonomous driving capabilities, seating for four, and an electric powertrain. Built on Nissan’s existing EV platform, the IMx has “high-output” motors at the front and rear, giving it all-wheel-drive capability. They combine to produce 320 kW of power and 700 Nm of torque, sourced from a high-capacity battery which has been redesigned and re-engineered for increased energy density. Although there has been no confirmation of actual size, Nissan claims it will be capable of 600km on a charge.