Sci-fi or Reality? Controlling a Porsche With Thought

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Porsche keeps innovation in their plethora of cutting-edge values. This allows for a driving experience through which a driver gets a rush to their brain, hands, and feet. However, Porsche is exploring an alternative option that will allow the driver to control the vehicle solely with their mind. For the last seventy years, Porsche has constantly exceeded expectations and given a truly unparalleled driving experience — but the future of Porsche may shatter reality and dip into fantasy. 

 

A project named, “Brain Driver” by researchers at the Free University of Berlin is exploring how our thoughts work and their connection to basic commands. Using a helmet or cap-type headgear and sixteen sensors, they asked participants to think of basic driving commands. While the participant thinks of “right,” “left,” “break,” or “accelerate” the machine monitors brain activity. Then they take this information and cross-reference to see how reliable it would be for actual in-car driving. 

 

The traditional method of driving — using feet, hands, and your brain — is how Porsche has formulated a flawless driving experience, from being able to feel the connection between these three areas and the life of your Porsche engine purr in the cabin. This new system’s idea runs on the contrast of that. It runs on autonomy and the innovative tech of the Porsche. 

 

Another group of brain researchers, based in Berlin, are exploring if a tiny spike or drop in brain voltage is enough to dependably control a car. According to this theory, the vehicle would run off the same range of functions that are used for an electroencephalogram (EEG) at the doctor’s office. Using this information to track the same four simple commands, they can control a car. The four commands in collaboration with automated sensors are enough to ensure a well-rounded and safe trip in the vehicle. 

 

The highlight of this new idea is the autonomy of the individual. Since all of these systems are on board and the driver is in the cabin, there is no need for information to be pinged to an outsider server and then returned. 

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