According to researchers at the Berlin Institute for Technology, tapping into drivers’ brain waves can cut braking distances. The technology works by detecting the brain’s decision to brake – before the driver actually manages to hit the brakes.
18 volunteers were asked to drive roughly 20 meters (66ft) behind another car – in a simulator of course! The car in front then braked at random intervals. Scientists used a technique called electroencephalograhy (EEG) to analyse the driver’s brain signals. Using the data gathered, the researchers managed to isolate the point at which the brain had made the decision to brake, but the signal hadn’t yet been sent to the foot.
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