China looked upon American innovators such as Google and Tesla making giant strides toward fully autonomous-driving cars and optimistically resolved, “We can still beat them at mind-control.”
In the end, after two years of intensive development, Chinese researchers based in the northeast port city of Tianjin have indeed demonstrated the very first automobile that can move forward and backward in a straight line, stop and unlock or lock its doors with the power of thoughts.
A set of 16 brain signal-reading sensors wirelessly feed a highly advanced computer program EEG signals to translate into commands that guide the vehicle based on the intentions it recognizes. In the end, researchers believe, the Chinese Brain-Car could offer a wellspring of insight into how effectively machines can be taught to recognize human intentions in order to better serve us.
The development team found that only changing lanes or turning required more intense concentration on the driver’s part. Otherwise, they remain optimistic toward the potent transportation breakthroughs for paralyzed or otherwise disabled drivers who cannot freely use their hands or feet.
Let us go on record as saying, we are screwed if a computer can also learn when it has just been cut off on the freeway during rush hour.
Source – Reuters