Researchers develop first mind-controlled car in China
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.