Researchers develop first mind-controlled car in China

Researcher Zhang Zhao wearing a brain signal-reading equipment poses with a vehicle which can be controlled with his brain wave, during a demonstration at Nankai University in Tianjin

Chinese researchers at the north-east port city of Tianjin have developed China’s first every thought-controlled car. The car controlled by power of the brain is a result of two years of persistent hard work by a team of researchers at the Nankai University in Tianjin and is being developed in collaboration with Great Wall Motor, renowned Chinese car manufacturer. The mind-controlled car requires the driver to wear a headgear capable of reading brain signals. By wearing the special headwear, a driver can lock and unlock the car, move it forward and backwards and even bring it to a halt with use of the brain signals alone.


The specially designed headgear, according to researcher Zhang Zhao comprises 16 EEG (electroencephalogram) sensors. The EEG signals are wirelessly transmitted to a computer where they are deciphered by a specially developed program. The computer program recognizes the driver’s intention and translates it into a command for the car, which allows the driver to maneuver the car without the use of hands or feet.

Talking about the mind-controlled car that can can drive in straight direction for now, project leader, Associate Professor Duan Feng said, the major focus of the mind-controlled car tech is to serve humans better and assist physically disabled people (who cannot steer cars) drive easily. He stressed that it could be possible to combine mind-controlled technique with self-driving cars for future of autonomous transportation.




Bharat writes about latest gadgets, toys, robots and new technologies across various platforms. In addition to reporting and reviewing new products and technologies, he spends too much time digging the internet for endless questions. He's a die-hard football fan and a big foodie who wants to host Man v. Food some day.

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