Researchers claim to have developed the world's first 'attention-powered' car — a pioneering vehicle that uses a headset to monitor brain activity and slow acceleration during periods of distraction.
The car commissioned by the The Royal Automobile Club of West Australia was tested in Perth in a bid to prevent road accidents due to inattention. The makers describe it as a "car that goes when you're paying attention, and slows when you're not."
The technology behind the vehicle uses a neuro headset that connects to brain activity linked to the car's engine via customized software, 'PerthNow' reported. The software communicates with the car and slows the vehicle when the driver's concentration lapses. The headset measures the electrical activity in a person's brain and feeds it into an algorithm that determines if the driver is paying attention or not.