- Helping you drive happy

Mind-controlled car being tested in China

By ,

Chinese researchers have developed what they say is the country's first car that uses nothing but brain power to drive, Reuters reports.

By wearing brain signal-reading equipment a driver can control the car to go forward, backwards, come to a stop, and both lock and unlock the vehicle, all without moving their hands or feet.

Researcher Zhang Zhao told Reuters the equipment comprises 16 sensors that capture EEG (electroencephalogram) signals from the driver's brain. They developed a computer program that selects the relevant signals and translates them, enabling control of the car.

"There are two starting points of this project. The first one is to provide a driving method without using hands or feet for the disabled who are unable to move freely; and secondly, to provide healthy people with a new and more intellectualized driving mode," Zhang said.

There are no plans to put it into production yet, but you never know what the future has in store…

Photo: You Tube