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Chinese Researchers Unveil Brain-Powered Car

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Researcher Zhang Zhao uses brain signal-reading equipment to direct a car to move forward  during a demonstration at Nankai University in Tianjin, China.

Researchers at Nankai University are developing a mind-controlled car.

Credit: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Chinese researchers from Nankai University have spent the last two years developing a mind-controlled car.

The car operates by having the driver wear brain signal-reading equipment, which can command the car to go forward, backwards, come to a stop, and both lock and unlock the vehicle, without the driver moving their hands or feet. The equipment includes 16 sensors that capture electroencephalogram signals from the driver's brain. The Nankai researchers also developed software that selects the relevant signals and translates them, enabling control of the car.

"The computer processes the signals to categorize and recognize people's intention, then translates them into control commands to the car," says Nankai researcher Zhang Zhao.

The technology is aimed at better serving human beings, and the researchers note it might soon be possible to combine brain-controlled technology with driverless cars.

Zhang says the goal of the research was to provide a driving method without using hands or feet for the disabled who are unable to move freely, and provide healthy people with a new and more intellectualized driving mode.

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