The Brain-Controlled Car? It’s Not As Far Away As You Think…
The line between science fiction and reality seems to become more blurred as the years go by.
Alright, so we’re still a few years away from flying cars, commercial space flights, and time travel.
But with self-driving vehicles in testing phases, the future is arriving sooner than I expected.
And we took another step towards that bright new world recently…
Because a man who is paralysed from the waist down drove a NASCAR racecar controlled entirely by a microchip in his head.
It’s an incredibly exciting innovation that could present new opportunities to disabled people as well as having wider benefits in the vehicle technology space.
The driver, Aldana Zuniga, was controlling a car for the first time in 9 years since a car accident had left him with life-altering injuries.
The microchip was developed by scientists and neurosurgeons in Colorado and it registers electrical impulses that travel to a computer processor.
Those impulses are then interpreted by a computer that sends a signal to the car – whether that’s accelerating, decelerating, or anything else.
Pretty neat, right?
If you’re wondering how he steered, that was covered with a specially designed helmet that registered his head movements to control when to turn, steer, and stay the course.
While it’s probably going to be a little while until the technology is available for everyone, it does show how quickly advancements are being made.