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Nissan tech will allow you to ‘see’ around corners

Wednesday, 26th June, 2019 4:27pm

Nissan is developing technology that will allow drivers to ‘see’ around corners and behind buildings and walls, dramatically improving their knowledge of any upcoming dangers.

The tech, called Invisible-to-visible (I2V) is being demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Asia in Shanghai, an offshoot of the vast tech and gadget show that takes place in Las Vegas every January.

I2V, said Nissan, is the next-generation of car-to-x communications (where vehicles send signals and information via cellular links to other cars and roadside structures).

Instead of just flashing up a warning on the dashboard that something is awry ahead, the Nissan system can extrapolate from the signals it’s receiving exactly what is behind that building you’re approaching, or around a blind bend ahead. The system was recently field tested at Nissan’s proving ground in Yokosuka, Japan, using 5G mobile communications technology.

Nissan claims that this potential overload of data is “delivered in an interactive, human-like way, including avatars that can appear inside the car. Accessing the virtual realm also means there are more ways to communicate.”

“At Nissan, we always aim to be ahead of the curve,” said Roel De Vries, Senior Vice President for Marketing at Nissan.

“We don’t just anticipate future trends and technologies, we define them. We believe technology should solve real-world problems and benefit as many people as possible. This is the idea behind Nissan Intelligent Mobility, our vision for moving people to a better world.”

The Japanese car maker is also showing off its brain-to-vehicle (B2V) technology, which it’s discussed before, but only in early prototype form. While still not ready for production, the latest iteration is certainly neater than the jumble of wires that we saw previously. It’s now a neat (well, neater) wearable that allows your car to analyse your brain activity.

It’s not reading your mind in the Hollywood sense, but instead is looking at the way your neurones and nerves are working.

The system already knows which parts of the brain ‘light up’ when you’re about to move certain muscles, so it can work out if you’re about to turn the steering wheel, or slam on the brakes, a microcosm of a second before you actually do it.

This, says Nissan, allows the car to pre-load the car’s safety systems either to help you with the manoeuvre, or possibly even to stop you doing something that’s going to put you further into danger.

On top of that, it also scans your brain for signs of discomfort or tiredness, and can make adjustments to the cabin temperature, seating position etc to help compensate.

It’s no surprise that it’s in China that Nissan has decided to show off this new tech. “China is the most exciting market in the world, especially when it comes to technology, so it makes sense for us to showcase these Nissan Intelligent Mobility developments at CES Asia,” said Senior Vice President Makoto Uchida, chairman of Nissan’s management committee for China. “By developing these technologies, we’ll make our customers’ lives better and ensure sustainable growth for our business.”

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