The Mind-Controlled Cars are coming! SPOILER: They’re as cool as they sound
By: Leila Glen
Last updated: 25 August 2015
Self-driving cars rapidly went from red hot rumour, to new concept, all the way to actually being tested this summer by Google on the open roads of California. Basically, if all goes to plan, we’ll be seeing cars driving themselves around our roads within the next couple of years.
Well, now it’s time to get excited about the next big thing in transport, & if the industry advances at its current pace; before we know it, we could be the proud owners of a mind-controlled car. Yep, you did just read that right.
Money Supermarket is running a competition giving people the chance to drive one of these uniquely developed, technologically advanced bad boys.
Using a cross-collaboration of ground-breaking modern technology, car technology ‘geeks’ (for want of a better word) have created astounding software which allows a driver to drive and manoeuvre their vehicle using only their mind!
You’ll need a specially designed head-worn sensor, which monitors your brain activity and in turn transmits the collected data to a computer in the car, via radio frequency. But believe it or not, that’s not the clever part; the software is trained to interpret certain brainwave frequencies and ascertain what patterns translate to certain commands e.g. drive forward, turn right, break, accelerate, decelerate etc.
Once the car gets to know you, it’s simply a matter of get in, put your brain in gear and before you know it you’ll be driving –hands-free!
Not only is the concept cool (and it’s pretty damn cool) Money Supermarket is using the campaign to raise awareness of the important – and often overlooked – issue of keeping your mind in focus when driving. All too often experienced drivers are conditioned to drive without even thinking – leading to absentmindedness and accidents.
Carol Vorderman – the figurehead for the campaign – explains the importance of complete focus when driving, highlighting that your mind needs to be on task at all times. What better way to ensure this is the case than to have a car directly connected to your mind? Your mind will be quite literally incapable of wandering – genius!
Now we know what you’re thinking. Is this ever going to catch on?
Who knows? Although we think it’s pretty unlikely that the mainstream market will be overloaded with vehicles driven by mind-control anytime soon, we’re not totally ruling it out…
That’s what they said about self-driving cars, after all… So stay tuned!!!