A futuristic Mercedes car has been revealed, called the Mercedes Vision AVTR, and it features the ability to be controlled by the user’s mind!
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The car is not only powered by electricity, but also by your brain, thanks to a new technological interface. It was announced and displayed this week in Germany at the IAA Mobility 2021, the world’s largest mobility of the future event, though the car is still in the concept phase of development.
Both the interior and exterior of the car are sci-fi inspired and futuristic, but the main feature Mercedes was showcasing was the latest technology Brain Computer Interface (BCI). However, drivers won’t be using the device to actually drive the car.
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Instead, Mercedes hope drivers will use the BCI technology to control parts of the user interface. For example, changing the channel on the radio station or using a different colour for the lights inside the interior of the car could be done just by thinking about it.
Future hopes for the BCI tech include a driver being able to select their destination based on thought alone, but this could be decades away.
Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Britta Seeger, shared: ‘BCI technology works completely independently of speech and touch. This opens up revolutionary possibilities for intuitive interaction with the vehicle.’
For the system to work, the driver is required to wear a helmet with wearable electrons attached to the back of their head. This records brain activity and takes a minute to calibrate before connecting the driver to the vehicle. The car will then project dots of light onto the digital dashboard, to which the brain would react to visual stimuli.
The helmet would then analyze the driver’s brain waves to recognize which of the points of light the driver-focused on. This would result in whichever function the driver had selected initially.