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Chinese university builds brain-controlled car

By Deeq on 11 Dec 2015 in New technology

Attached Image Just as we were warming to the idea of self-driving cars that required no cognitive exertion from their occupants, China has developed a mind-controlled car.

Reuters reports that engineers at Tianjin's Nankai University have successfully tested a system that translates a motorist's thoughts into motion. A great leap forward or a sign of the End Times, we're not sure, but it has definitely got our synapses firing overtime.

Zhang Zhao, a lead researcher on the project, told Reuters that 16 sensors arrayed like nodes in a crown pick up electroencephalogram, or EEG, signals from the driver's brain, and translate those signals into forward movement. Not just forward, mind, but backward, too. Door locks and brakes are also within the EEG ninja's power. "The tester's EEG signals are picked up by this (brain signal-reading) equipment and transmitted wirelessly to the computer," Zhang said. "The computer processes the signals to categorize and recognize people's intention, 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."

The vehicle used in the tests is a Great Wall SUV. The Hebei-based company has sent its SUVs and crossovers to prospect outside of their homeland, making it one of the few Chinese carmakers with an export strategy. Great Wall is a darling of investors, too, and has even garnered praise from Ford Motor.

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Bavarian Dec 12 2015 11:46 AM
Not exactly a good idea. I see many drivers no brain one.
Fett Dec 15 2015 12:06 PM

Not exactly a good idea. I see many drivers no brain one.

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Matoonia Dec 28 2015 02:48 PM

Driverless cars are less scary than these mind controlled ones man...

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