Hyundai Mobis develops world’s first ‘brainwave-based’ device for auto industry

Hyundai Mobis develops world’s first ‘brainwave-based’ device for auto industry
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Among biosignals, Hyundai says brainwaves are the most difficult to create and measure.

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After three years of R&D, South Korea’s Hyundai Mobis is trialing M.Brain, a new healthcare technology based on brainwave measurement that for the first time will be used in the automotive industry.

M.Brain measures the driver's condition on a real-time basis by detecting the brainwaves around the ears through earpiece sensors that are worn. The software and the use of machine learning then analyses and determines the data from the brainwaves.

M.Brain can also be interworked with a smartphone app and provide a notification that the driver is losing attention - for example if he or she is drowsy or getting physically tired. The accident prevention technology acts as an alarm that sends alerts for different sensory organs, such as sight (LEDs around the driver's seat), touch (vibrating seat), hearing (headrest speaker), etc.

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Hyundai Mobis plans to apply various bio-healthcare technologies to public transportation as a means to contribute to public safety.

M.Brain will first be tested in Gyeonggi-do's public buses. Hyundai Mobis also plans to work with local governments and the transport industry to use the system in commercial vehicles.

The global in-vehicle healthcare market is now in its initial stage with heartbeat measurements or eye tracking technologies being used to date. Brainwave-based technology, touted as the next gen, offers tremendous potential for future development.

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