Thursday, September 16

This Mercedes-Benz car can read your mind | Digital Trends Spanish

Can you imagine being able to drive a car with your mind? This is what the German car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz proposes.

The company showed on September 6 at the IAA Mobility 2021 fair in Munich a prototype of its Vision AVTR autonomous vehicle, which was shown for the first time at CES 2020. The car dispenses with the steering wheel, as the driver can interact with it through a biometric system.

According to Mercedes-Benz, the car allows you to perform certain tasks just by thinking about them. Its technology is based on a visual perception system and simply by raising your hand, a menu with points of light is projected on a digital screen located on the dashboard. Thanks to a BCI (brain-computer interface) device with portable electrodes that connects to the back of the user’s head, the user can intuitively navigate between different functionalities.

After performing the relevant calibration, the device is able to record and measure brain activity and even depending on the make, the vehicle “Recognizes the driver by his heartbeat and breathing”. In this way, when the user looks at one of the lights on the dashboard, the device can detect which one it is without doing anything else and perform a certain task.

Although this technology was introduced a year ago, this is the first time that the manufacturer has exhibited a fully functional prototype and allows visitors to the show to test the system for themselves.

The Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR has been designed in collaboration with the director of the film Avatar, James Cameron, in which he is inspired both in terms of design and in that connection between man and machine.

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