Mercedes Develops Car That Can Read Your Mind

Thu 9th Sep 2021

A car driven by mind-control may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but Mercedes-Benz have developed technology which can do just that.

In a motoring era we are heading towards automated and driverless vehicle technology, the might be questions marks why the German brand might invest millions into another form of navigation for vehicles, however as those who trialled the tech at this week’s International Motor Show found it had a myriad of uses and possibilities.

Under the current guise, the Brain Computer Interface (BCI) requires some rather clunky headware, but in the future this might be replaced with a brain implant. And as well as deciding where you want to drive the vehicle, the BCI could also help you change the radio station, turn down the interior lighting or find the nearest parking spot.

“Mercedes-Benz is setting another milestone in the merging of man and machine with the research and development of brain-computer interface applications in cars. BCI technology has the potential to further enhance driving comfort in the future, for example,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, responsible for Sales. “Mercedes-Benz has always pioneered intelligent, innovative solutions to provide our customers with the best product and service experience. BCI technology works completely independently of speech and touch. This opens up revolutionary possibilities for intuitive interaction with the vehicle.”

And in a further nod to the sci-fi aspects of the technology, the Mercedes-Benz press release even suggests that our brains could connect with the vehicle in much the same way as the Na’vi uses a neuronal connection in the Hollywood blockbuster movie Avatar.