In an attempt to reduce the number of road accidents caused by distractions while driving, the RAC of Western Australia has create an “attention-powered car” that slows down when drivers find themselves drifting off.
A headset equipped with 14 sensors measures the type and amounts of brainwaves, meaning there is no way for drivers to get around the limitations of the vehicle. During testing, drivers were set specific challenges such as using their mobile phone, switching channels on the radio, drinking water, and reading a map so that researchers could record the relevant brain activity to watch for.
The car will soon be departing on a tour of Western Australia to raise awareness.
To find out more about the project and how it was conceived, be sure to watch this short video: