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Brainwaves Could Inform Self-Driving Cars

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July 23, 2020—Researchers at Imperial College London are analyzing Formula E champion race car driver Lucas di Grassi's brainwaves. 

Scientists were able to engineer an electroencephalogram (EEG) helmet for di Grassi. The helmet uses electrodes to take measurements while he is behind the wheel, reports Popular Mechanics. In addition to the helmet, di Grassi wore eye-tracking glasses and inertial measurement units. Inertial measurement units are small sensors used in a FitBit or Apple Watch that have the ability to note your body's force, orientation, and momentum. 

The results of the study not only confirmed di Grassi's hyper-focused demeanor, but showed a correlation between brain waves and body movements that could shed light on the complexity of human driving. 


Image: Imperial College London

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