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Hackers turn Tesla into a Mind Controlled Vehicle

A group of technologists equipped with a machine learning training program and an EEG headset turned brain activity into driving commands on a Tesla Model S 85D.

The Tesla Model S rolled straight for a few feet from one empty spot in the parking garage to another, without a driver behind the wheel, though.  The “driver” sat in the passenger’s seat, donning an EEG headset that allowed him to control the vehicle with his mind. Meet Teslapathic.

This feat is the brainchild of California-based technologists Casey Spencer, Lorenzo Caoile, Vivek Vinodh and Abenezer Mamo. Their team used Spencer’s 2015 Tesla Model S 85D for the hack, and their project placed third at the Cal Hacks event for university students this month.

The team only had 36 hours to make Teslapathic happen for the hackathon. In their setup, an EEG headset translates the brain activity for “stop” or “go” into analog signals broadcast by an off-the-shelf RC radio and articulated actuators on the pedals and a motor on the steering wheel, according to the team’s description.

Read the full article on seeker.com

 

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