We've been keeping an eye on the development of driverless cars for a while now. It even looks like Google's driverless cars are pretty close to joining us on the road. But, is it possible that they may be outdated before they even become popular? Some scientists in China think so.
Zhang Zhao, a researcher from the Nankai University in Tianjin, China, recently provided information on a special project that aims to create cars that run on brain waves. This team of researchers has already developed a car that can be operated with mind control, the only downside is that the vehicle only moves in one direction.
Obviously, the car is a long way off from being road-ready. However, if the project progresses as planned, the team hopes to one day see their mind-controlled vehicles being used for everyday transportation.
Currently, the car uses software to pick up electroencephalogram (EEG) signals from the driver's mind. Although limited in its existing state, these signals can tell the car to drive forward or back, and even come to a stop.
Should the dream become a reality, the practical applications for such a vehicle are endless. For example, it could be used to help people with disabilities travel from place to place. Or, it could even be used to drive the elderly to their medical appointments.
However, the risks must also be considered. With the amount of distractions drivers already face, a mind controlled vehicle might be risky. Although it's wise for all drivers to keep their focus on the road, we all know that doesn't always happen.