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Chinese Researchers Claimed to Have Developed a Car that One Can Control with the Power of the Brain


12/08/2015




Chinese Researchers Claimed to Have Developed a Car that One Can Control with  the Power of the Brain
Researchers in China claimed to have developed a system that would enable a person to use the power of the brain to drive a car.
 
Researchers from the Nankai University of Tianjin in China claim to gave have successfully developed what they call “the  first car that uses nothing but brain power to drive”.
 
The research claims that a driver would be able to control the car to go forward, backwards, come to a stop, and both lock and unlock the vehicle by sending EEG (electroencephalogram) signals from his mind. The signals would be converted into the relevant action commands for the car to follow with the help of software, researcher Zhang Zhao said.
  
While the research has delivered fascinating results that are no plans yet ot put this development into commercial use.
 
The research - using your mind to control a car, was designed to allow disabled people who are unable to use their hands or feet to drive and “to provide healthy people with a new and more intellectualized driving mode,” said Zhang.
 
This research has brought the one science fiction of a driverless car more towards a reality with developments having already being made towards development of self driven cars that runs with vocal commands or programmed in advance to follow a certain route.
  
One such development is being carried out at the MIT Labs in Singapore and the aim of such research is to fulfill the needs of old people that are no longer able to drive alone. Such people require a means of transportation that helps them to satisfy their basic needs such as reaching the nearest shop or going to the nearest hospital for a quick check up.
 
Reuters reported that it might soon be possible to combine brain controlled technology and driverless cars like the Google Self Driving Car according to Associate Professor Duan Feng, who led the project. Such a development of a hybrid self driven car would allow the humans to keep a certain control of the vehicle, while minimizing the need for intervention and the effort required to direct a self driven car for safe driving.
 
Experts are also of the opinion that this new Chinese research would effectively remove one of the biggest fears about self driven cars - the idea of losing control, of relying only on a machine. Drivers of passengers of self driven cars would be able to use the power of their minds, for example to change direction or to halt the car, and not rely completely on machines.
 
“In the end, cars, whether driverless or not, and machines are serving for people. Under such circumstances, people’s intentions must be recognized,” Duan said.
 
(Source:www.forbes.com) 






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