Thinking Your Way Through Traffic in a Brain-Control Car.
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The future of super-intelligent transport systems

Posted on February 15, 2013

Our hyper-urbanised life of the 21th century will rely heavily on urban transportation. Individual lifestyles, flexible work rhythms and unconstrained leisure time activities all encourage transportation. On top of that, think of all the cargo that needs to enter the city for us to eat, drink, work in our offices and live our private lives. That leaves no conclusion other than that the future of transportation will rely on super-intelligence in vehicles, control systems and planning tools. That was the main premise of the Dutch foresight project “Transportation of tomorrow starts today”. Let’s go deeper into the super-intelligence of transport systems and find out what it could do to the future of transportation.

Super-intelligence implies that the intelligence of the system as a whole reaches higher levels, because of the integration of intelligence in all the components of the system. Intelligent vehicles, an intelligent infrastructure, intelligent control system, intelligent commuters, intelligent cargo and intelligent enablers of information. Following the Dutch foresigt study, these are the components of an intelligent transportation system.

In super-intelligent vehicles there is no need of a driver. The intelligence makes it really autonomous. Not only drives the vehicle by itself, it also responds to signals from other vehicles or the infrastructure. This is the future that Google car presents us. A partial solution where drivers could interfer, would be steering a car by using only your eyes. EyeDriver does that for you. It can drive autonomous, but can also be steered by gaze control. BrainDriver is a bit of the same concept, but then thinking about a direction is already sufficient. Driverless public transport is already very much mainstream. Think about airport shuttles and metro trains. Passenger airlines without human pilots are also a real possibility, just like the military drones.

Read more: The future of super-intelligent transport systems | World Future Society.

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