BrainDriver - If You Can Think It, You Can Drive It

By Meera Dolasia on August 21, 2011

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If you were impressed by Google Inc.'s autonomous computer-controlled cars, you will be stunned by the BrainDriver - A car that can be controlled with your mind!

The genius behind this smart car is a team of computer scientists led by Paul Rojas who heads the Artificial Intelligence Group at Germany's Freie Universitat Berlin. To build the prototype, that they dubbed MadeInGermany, the group started by using commercially available devices to detect and record the electroencephalograms (EEG) or the brain's electrical activity associated with four basic car control commands - left, right, accelerate and brake.

They then programmed a computer controlled autonomous car with the patterns so that it would recognize them and know how to react. Next, they purchased an 'Emotive neuroheadset' developed for video games by San Francisco based Emotive that is designed to 'read' the player's thoughts and connected it to the autonomous car that had been programmed to react to the driver's thoughts.

However, while the car was ready, the driver was not. He still had to be trained so that he could think of the right commands at the appropriate times. Then, it was time to test the mind-controlled vehicle!

While the drive along the straight stretch of road was controlled by the car's computer when it came to turns, stopping or speeding up, the computer read the driver's commands conveyed via the Emotive neuroheadset fitted on his head. The experiment, as you can see from the video below, was quite successful. With just a slight delay in reaction, the car seemed to do exactly what its driver was thinking it to do.

This kind of futuristic car is of course nowhere close to coming to a car dealer near you, but the scientists believe that these thought driven commands have a lot of advantages even within today's normal cars, especially when it comes to preventing accidents.

That's because tests have shown that the human brain thinks about stopping long before the body reacts - meaning, that if we can develop cars that can stop based on our thoughts, the roads could become a lot safer - Pretty awesome!

Resources: news.discovery.com, autonomos.inf.fu-berlin.de

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  • krislynn1456
    krislynn1456Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    cool!!!!!!!!!!
    • NEDWednesday, October 5, 2011 at 8:40 am
      I WANT ONE
      • krislynn1456
        krislynn1456Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm
        ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • your Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 11:47 am
        this is so cool.
        • borntoswim
          borntoswimWednesday, September 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm
          that would be so scary driving with your brain
          • krislynn1456
            krislynn1456Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm
            i think its cool
          • dylanMonday, September 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm
            cant wait to use it for my report
            • emmsFriday, September 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm
              how about thinking where you want to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • <3 mindlesss behavior <3Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 3:04 pm
                mindless behavior i get lol!
                • pandalover101
                  pandalover101Monday, October 10, 2011 at 5:16 pm
                  i luv them!! espicially there song Mrs.Right i still love that song ahh makes me go crazy just thinking about them and diggy simmons
                • <3 mindlesss behavior <3Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm
                  OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats so kool i wanna try that! (mindless behavior is awsome!!!!!
                  • brianaTuesday, September 20, 2011 at 6:53 am
                    that was great i bet they had to strive for accurcy and think creativly
                    • j5
                      j5Monday, September 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm
                      i so want that car

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