The "brain-to-vehicle" tech can tell when a driver is about to initiate a movement, such as pushing the brake pedal or turning the steering wheel.
Nissan has detailed a research project that aims to explore "brain-to-vehicle" technology, using brain signals to improve reaction time and comfort.
Engineers are working to decode brain signals to predict a driver's action, detecting hints that a driver plans to turn the steering wheel or push the accelerator or brake pedal. The information can theoretically be linked to a semi-autonomous driving system to improve reaction times while the vehicle is being operated manually.
Brainwave monitoring also provides a method for gauging driver comfort while in autonomous mode, allowing a vehicle to dynamically adjust its driving style to suit individual occupants.
"This research will be a catalyst for more Nissan innovation inside our vehicles in the years to come," promises Nissan Research Center senior innovation researcher Dr Lucian Gheorghe.
The company claims to be the first automaker with 'B2V' technology, though it currently requires the driver to wear a device that measures brainwave activity. The system is said to be capable of taking action up to a half-second quicker than the driver while remaining "largely imperceptible."
Nissan will demonstrate the technology later this month at CES.