There are cars that predict when other vehicles on the road are coming too close, or when a rabbit is about to jump in front of you. But soon, vehicles like the Nissan Altima may be able to read your mind. Yes, Nissan cars will soon be psychic.
Nissan is collaborating with École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland to research "Brain Machine Interface" (BMI) concepts. The idea allows disabled people to maneuver wheelchairs by thought transference. Nissan hopes to convert this project for use in cars, so that disabled drivers (and able bodied ones) can drive telepathically.
"The Nissan and EPFL collaboration is developing systems that go to the next stage using statistical analysis to predict a diver's intentions and to evaluate a driver's cognitive state relevant to the driving environment," according to Motor Authority.1
In the near future, cars might be able to predict a driver's next move. An interface with the vehicle's GPS will help set up upcoming turns. A device may also read your facial expressions or eye movement to see where you'd like to go next. A car that could prepare itself for the next maneuver will help in selecting correct speed and road positioning.
For now, the vehicles you can test drive at Superior Nissan in 3372 North College Avenue Fayetteville, AR are only able to be operated with your hands. But that doesn't mean they aren't as futuristic.