A potential future for human-vehicle interaction was on display by Mercedes-Benz at the IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, with the possible application of brain-computer interface technology allowing users to use the power of thought to control certain vehicle functions.
The pioneering Vision AVTR concept vehicle first shown by Mercedes-Benz at CES 2020 — just before COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns — has been revived for IAA Mobility 2021 duty in Munich. At the event, the company used the already pioneering concept as a vehicle to show its research into brain-control interfaces (BCIs). It presented how BCI technology works and gave a preview of how mind control could be another way of human-machine interaction with a vehicle.
While not available in everyday life just yet, Mercedes says that BCIs are no longer science fiction. For example, in medical research, BCI applications are considered a viable option for helping people with physical handicaps to become more independent. The new form of machine control could be used in car applications starting with functions such as selecting a navigation destination, switching interior ambient lighting, and changing the radio station.
“Mercedes-Benz is setting another milestone in the merging of man and machine with the research and development of brain-computer interface applications in cars,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Sales. “BCI technology has the potential to further enhance driving c
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