The Mercedes Vision AVTR concept car, which debuted for the first time at last year’s CES, surprised visitors to the Munich Motor Show.
Mercedes has proposed something from the realm of science fiction: controlling the main functions of a car with the power of thought. So far, this technology does not look like a production reality, but it is quite close to it. The concept car uses state-of-the-art computer interfaces (BCIs) to help show attendees control the car with their minds.
Originally designed to help people with disabilities gain greater independence, the technology can read measured brain waves and link them to a specific task.
To start the process of integration with the car, you need to put on a special headband that reads brain waves. After that, a small calibration test will be launched, which will not take more than a minute. At this time, the person looks at the light bulb on the dashboard of the concept car and focuses on it.
The BCI then associates this brainwave pattern with a position on the dashboard (say, automatic parking assist) and links them.
“BCI technology works completely independently of speech and touch. This opens up revolutionary possibilities for intuitive interaction with the car, ”writes Britta Seeger, head of sales for Mercedes-Benz, to the new technology.
Recall that Vision AVTR was created as a result of cooperation between Mercedes and Disney. The show car is inspired by the movie “Avatar” and combines futuristic technology with wild design. It is supposed to be powered by a 110 kWh battery that uses graphene-based organic chemistry and does not contain toxic and expensive earth metals, it can be recharged in just 15 minutes and travel up to 700 km on a single charge.