In a world where technology is making almost any idea possible, companies with the funds and R&D muscles are showing off what could be in the future. Opel is not excluded from that future. In fact, it showed off a world’s first.
During the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Opel invited showgoers to start up an Opel Astra. Not with a key, or push button, but with their minds.
Ad Week reports the technology Opel brought to the Paris Motor Show is the first of its kind, which uses Bluetooth and special connectivity helmet to measure and transfer brain activity. When the user creates the correct mental feedback, the Opel Astra fires up.
“Visitors wear a connected helmet which measures their brain activity and communicates it via Bluetooth to the vehicle, which is equipped with a specially designed device,” explains co-founder Jean-Baptiste Herman of Tips Tank, which crafted the experience alongside Reinsdyr.
“As the visitor increases the production of certain brainwaves, the helmet picks them up, transmitting them to the car, causing it to start up,” he said.
The tech, dubbed “Opel Mind”, was created alongside Tips Tank and Opel engineers. And for those non-believers, Opel provided a video of their experience to show family, friends and whatever skeptic they may encounter.
The technology also scored an award at the Innovation Grand Prix during the Paris Motor Show. Just don’t expect your 2016 Astra to start itself with mind powers … yet.