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Ford Vehicles Could Feature Brain Machine Interface System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a a brain machine interface system that could wind up being used in future Ford vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on June 13th, 2020, published on October 10th, 2023, and assigned serial number 11780445.

Ford Patent Brain Machine Interface System

The Ford Authority Take

Back in November 2020, Ford revealed an EEG helmet that it was testing at the time, which uses the brain’s alpha waves to indicate how well a racing driver is performing over any given part of a race by using EG, or electroencephalogram. The idea is to gain insight into what it’s like from the point of view of the driver, as well as see what’s happening in their mind while they are competing, with the hopes that technology can improve performance. Late last year, the automaker followed up that idea by filing a patent for a vehicle operator identification system that can identify the driver from a database of users using information stored in something like a smartphone, and now, it has filed another patent that somewhat combines the two ideas – this time for a brain machine interface system.

Ford Patent Brain Machine Interface System

Brain machine interface (BMI) is a technology that has been around for a while now, enabling humans to provide commands to computers using brain activity. These control inputs are provided by interfacing an electrode array with the motor cortex region of the brain, either internally or externally, and decoding those activity signals using a trained neural decoder.

Ford Patent Brain Machine Interface System

The concept of using BMI to control a vehicle isn’t exactly new, but in this case, Ford is exploring ways to make it viable for use in semi-autonomous vehicles. While it may not be something that many of us ever use or have a need for, the idea here is to make it possible for people with limited mobility – such as those that are paralyzed – to drive again, which seems quite promising.

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. JimL

    Brought to you by the same company that gave us the MIC top in the Broncos. What could possibly go wrong?! HAHAHAHA

  2. David Dickinson II

    For the ultimate lazy person.
    On a serious note, you can see Big Tech trying to get into peoples’ brains with a number of proposed products in development….because they aren’t rich and evil enough. They went from monitoring your browser history to your search history to the data in your phones to eyeball monitoring and passive facial recognition movement aggregation with a healthy dose of license plate reader surveillance. Now they want direct access to your brain. I saw one product the other day for dream monitoring. These creeps need to get shut down for sake of humanity.

  3. 1970Mav

    Show me a company wasting time on useless patents and I’ll show you a company that holds the record for recalls this year. (hint: it’s starts with F and end with D)


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