Monday, January 28, 2008

Welcome to the 'Mind-reading' car

NewScientistTech reports in ''Mind-reading' car keeps drivers focused' that a team from the Technical University of Berlin found they could improve reaction times in real driving conditions by monitoring drivers' brains and reducing distractions during periods of high brain activity:

They were able to speed up driver's reactions by as much as 100 milliseconds. It might not sound much, but this is enough to reduce breaking distance by nearly 3 metres when travelling at 100 kilometres per hour, says team leader Klaus-Robert Müller.

"In a real life situation this could be enough to prevent an accident or stop someone being injured, or worse," he says. "We now have the brain-interface technology to make this a reality." The researchers used electroencephalograms (EEGs) to measure drivers' brain activity.

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