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Dec 13, 2017,  by Allianz Partners Business Insights

What will the first Russian car driven by thought look like?

On 13 December in Moscow, a model of the very first Russian automobile that can be entirely driven by the thoughts of the driver will be unveiled. Here is a brief insight into what we can expect.

At Lobachevsky State University, in the Russian city of Nizhniy-Novgorod, a team of specialists have designed a revolutionary new car that can be driven entirely by the thoughts of the driver. While this innovative vehicle is set to be officially unveiled on 13 December in Moscow in the form of a full-scale model, some of the technical characteristics have already been divulged by Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta.


System senses and records signals from the brain


This thought-driven car, also known as the "neuromobile", is set to work via sensors which can record the signals emitted by the brain of the driver – a system that is particularly complex to implement, according to the Lobachevsky University.

"All the data on the state of the individual obtained via the system will be processed using special algorithms which enable us to detect the mental commands of the driver. In other words, it will be a new way of driving, based on the thoughts of the person," the experts explained.


Vehicle primarily aimed at persons of reduced mobility


The Russian "neuromobile" was initially designed to be used by the handicapped. "Implementing this means of transport will considerably improve the quality of life of those with reduced motor capacity," said a delighted Viktor Kazantsev, who is head of the project at Lobachevsky State University in Nizhniy-Novgorod. 

This innovative vehicle is also set to be available at an affordable price, according to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The neuromobile’s inventors announced that it should be on the market in Russia in just three years’ time, and able to be driven by anyone with a B permit, as is the case with conventional cars. A vehicle based on the same principle was designed by researchers at the University of Nankai in Tianjin, in North-East China, in 2013 and successfully tested in 2015, but has not yet gone into production.



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