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Japanese carmakers step up brain studies to enhance vehicle safety

Honda develops AI for finding driving errors to avoid accidents

Honda researchers observe MRI images displaying the brain activity of a person operating a driving simulator at the National Institutes for Quantum and Science and Technology in the city of Chiba, near Tokyo. (Photo by Kotaro Abe)

TOKYO -- Leading Japanese and other automakers are stepping up studies on brain science to improve the safety of their products. Honda Motor, for example, is examining brain activity to analyze drivers' errors and learn their causes using artificial intelligence, while Nissan Motor is trying to use brain waves to assist drivers.

Automakers face intensifying competition in the field of autonomous driving technology, with newly emerging carmakers such as Tesla having advanced software. Big Japanese automakers intend to counter emerging rivals' challenges with next-generation technology based on brain science.

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