8/3/2011Mind-controlled cars... they sound like something out a science fiction novel, but German researchers say this technology is well on its way to becoming a reality.
German scientists at the Berlin Institute of Technology are testing technology that will allow drivers to brake through thought control. Currently drivers involved in the testing sit in front of a large screen and drive virtual racing cars. Electrodes attached to the scalp measure each driver's brain patterns. They are able to detect the intent to brake in emergency situations. The electrodes then signal the car to stop.
The test drivers were able to stop 130 milliseconds faster using thought control than with the brake pedal. This may not seem like much of a difference, but when the cars were moving at 62 miles per hour, the stopping distance decreased by the length of a small car. This is enough space to prevent a potentially fatal rear-end accident.
The researchers are working on making the system faster and more efficient and weeding out false alarms. The technology will work together with other crash-prevention systems. Mind-control cars are far from market-ready, but one day these vehicles may help prevent Atlanta car crashes.
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