New Mercedes has 'mind control' that lets you operate car with your THOUGHTS – but you need to wear a 'smart helmet'

MERCEDES has unveiled a car that you can control with your mind.

The mind-blowing Mercedes Vision AVTR is a sci-fi car from the future – powered by electricity…and your brain.


Mercedes showed off the physical car at IAA Mobility in Germany this week – albeit as a "concept" only.

The exterior of the car is wild and futuristic, and the interior is similarly space-age.

But what's important is that Mercedes is using it to showcase its Brain Computer Interface, or BCI.

Thankfully, you won't be actually driving this car using your brain.

But Mercedes thinks that you'll be able to use this technology to control parts of the user interface.

This could include changing the radio station, or choosing a different colour of ambient lighting inside.

Mercedes even goes as far as imagining a driver choosing their destination for the sat-nat with the power of thought alone – which is likely decades away.

"Mercedes-Benz is setting another milestone in the merging of man and machine," said Mercedes' Britta Seeger.

"BCI technology works completely independently of speech and touch.

"This opens up revolutionary possibilities for intuitive interaction with the vehicle."

So how does it work?

First, you'll don some kind of helmet with wearable electrons that attach to the back of your head.

This is designed to record brain activity, but will also probably make you look very strange.

It'll take about a minute to calibrate, before connecting you directly with the vehicle.

Mercedes Vision AVTR will project light dots onto the digital dashboard.

Light dots will be projected on the digital dashboard.

And then your brain will react to these visual stimuli, which can then be measured by the device.

Your brain waves will be analysed to recognise which light points you focused on.

If successful, the function will begin. If not, you've just given yourself a migraine for nothing.

Mercedes hasn't given a timeline for when this sort of technology will make it into cars.

And it would take years – and likely decades – to demonstrate that this can be not only effective but safe.

But it's great news for anyone who hates groping at the touchscreens of modern cars to change temperature – and would rather use their brains instead.




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