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Nissan IMx KURO Concept: You connect your brain with this.

nicad 26/04/2022 537

The Nissan IMx KURO concept car is a zero-emission crossover vehicle designed to study brain-car technology. not completely. Brain-car technology. I don't know, but I hope they do well. This car, the Nissan IMx KURO, is both a crossover concept car and a demonstration platform that makes the vehicle more predictable and safer thanks to Nissan's so-called intelligent mobility. Concept Nissan IMx KURO : Vous connectez votre cerveau avec cela.

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Concept versus reality

And outside of the overall crossover design, it's that Brain-to-Vehicle, or B2V, stuff that makes the Nissan IMx KURO so interesting. The overall design is both lumpy but with protruding edges, and none of it holds up well. The whole thing screams "concept car" because you know there's no way Nissan will.

Before you know it. . . Concept Nissan IMx KURO : Vous connectez votre cerveau avec cela.

This B2V technology has the potential to speed up driver reaction times, leading to cars that can keep adapting to make driving more enjoyable. Nissan says it all comes from "research into using brain decoding technology to predict a driver's actions and detect discomfort," which sounds pretty scary to me.

Nissan hopes by detecting signs that a driver's brain is about to initiate a movement, such as turning the steering wheel, reaching for a control button or pressing the brake pedal, assistive technologies driving can start the action faster. Ergo, reaction times improve and manual driving is reinforced. Or to put it more simply, the car can see you reaching for the control panel, thinking for itself (in a limited way) and saying “A-ha! You'll turn off the radio, I'll start doing it for you." But, you don't have to be Marvin Minsky to see how that might not work.

The Nissan IMx KURO was first revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2017. Kuro is the Japanese word for black. Photo: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Autonomous Vibes

The other, more subtle way that Nissan's B2V stuff could work is in fully autonomous mode. If it detects that you feel a certain level of discomfort, the artificial intelligence system can assess it and modify the driving configuration or driving style.

I don't mean to be rude about this, but here's a real-life example: Suppose you're in fully self-contained mode, and decide to read some reports on the way to work. You've already told the IMx KURO to hurry up, so it rolls pretty fast and tries to save time. But now the B2V system notices that you look a little green around the gills and decides to pick up on abrupt lane changes to help you out. Get it?

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All of this is achieved by wearing a device that measures your brain wave activity, which is then transmitted and analyzed by the autonomic system. Then, by anticipating the desired movements, the vehicle takes action, for example by turning the steering wheel or slowing down. The system can do it 0.2 to 0.5 seconds faster than you or me. Nissan also adds “while remaining largely unnoticeable,” which I would have to feel to believe.

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The IMx KURO also has other nifty tricks up its sleeve, besides twisting around your brain. Since it's an electric vehicle, it has a few goodies to make it a good citizen. For example, after driving you to the airport, the IMx KURO can then go park and find a place where it can connect to the local power grid, and act as a "virtual" power station by returning electricity to the network. Slick, right?

Oh, and once you get back to the airport, the IMx KURO can pick you up from the terminal and fly you home with little to no intervention from you. Easy to use, squeezed lemon.

The Nissan IMx KURO on display at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show.

Power & Performance

And, and just in case you think the IMx KURO will be zero fun in addition to being zero emissions, keep in mind that it's driven by a pair of high-output electric motors living at each end of the car, giving you all-wheel-drive capability. Combine that with the 320 kW of power and an astonishing 516 lb-ft. of torque (more than the Nissan GT-R kids) and this thing could really take off.

There's also a redesigned and redesigned high-capacity battery for increased energy density that supports a range of over 370 miles on a single charge.

In one way, Nissan might be onto something, but in others, I'm not sure your average customer wants to literally, physically connect their brain to a car.

Tony Borroz has spent his whole life driving vintage, sporty cars. He is the author of

Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle. Follow his work on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.

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