A mind-controlled car developed by researchers at China’s Nankai University made its first trial run on the school’s grounds this past Wednesday.
Testers, equipped with a 16-sensor headset which captures electromagnetic signals, successfully commanded the car to start its engine, move forward and backward and brake using only their brainpower.
The research team behind the “Smart Car”, co-developed alongside carmaker Great Wall Motor, hopes to rival the self-driving cars being developed by Google and Baidu.
Team leader Duan Feng, associate professor at Nankai’s computing and control engineering department, also hopes that the technology can be used to help disabled people drive.
“The technology is quite mature, however, there is some room for improvement concerning the car’s electronics, which will make the vehicle more secure, intelligent, and user-friendly,” said Duan.
Because it can only analyze and translate binary information, the car is unable to carry out tasks such as making slight turns and holding the door open.
Still, the future is here! Although we’re still waiting on our hoverboards.
by Maggie Wong