Have you given thought to driving a car controlled only by one’s thoughts? If the work of German researchers come to fruition, driving with one’s mind will soon become a reality.
Raúl Rojas, an AI professor at the Freie Universität Berlin, and his team have released video demonstrating how a driver can use their brain to steer a car, known as BrainDriver. According to the researchers:
“After testing iPhone, iPad and an eye-tracking device as possible user interfaces to maneuver our research car, named “MadeInGermany,” we now also use Brain Power. The “BrainDriver” application is of course a demonstration and not roadworthy yet, but in the long run human-machine interfaces like this could bear huge potential in combination with autonomous driving.”
What are the benefits of such an application? BrainDriver could conceivably be the type of technology to allow disabled and paralyzed people to gain more mobility in the future, among many other individuals.
Giving BrainDriver a test, the researchers took their thought-controlled car to a former airport in Berlin, Templehof.
Lest you think that BrainDriver is something you can head down to your local car modification shop and have installed today, the researchers note that BrainDriver is not quite ready for everyday use.
What do you think of BrainDriver? Aside from the above, what positives and negatives do you see from its use?