Seems that vehicles are getting smarter and smarter by the day, and most recently we have seen a steering wheel from Toyota which is capable of knowing whether you are about to experience a heart attack, slowing down the car automatically so that you can pull over to the side and ask for assistance. How about another kind of technology that might just prevent accidents? Researchers are looking to harness drivers’ brain signals that will help assist in braking, delivering quicker reaction times which could be crucial in saving lives.
Relying on electroencephalography (EEG), researchers have shown that the mind-reading system when working in tandem with modern traffic sensors, are able to detect a driver’s intention to brake 130 milliseconds faster compared to a standard issue brake pedal response.
When zipping along at speeds of 100km/h, this would mean reducing the braking distance by 3.66 meters – the equivalent of the length of a compact car, which might end up as the potential margin between causing and avoiding accidents. Now to see such technology end up in mainstream vehicles without costing too much – that’d be interesting.