Nissan’s Brain to Performance program

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today launched an innovative program focused on brain function and anatomy research, training and development for its Formula E drivers Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland.

The program, called Nissan Brain to Performance, uses advanced brain imaging and analysis to determine the anatomical specifics of high performance, professional drivers. The program aims to develop bespoke, optimized training to enhance the brain functions and anatomy related to driving and racing.

The program will be coordinated by Lucian Gheorghe, a leader in the field of brain analysis and training, and a driving force behind Nissan’s forward-looking research on how to better build the connection between people and Nissan vehicles. The immediate priority of the Nissan Brain to Performance program is to enhance the performance of Nissan’s Formula E racers.

Key research area overview

  1. Understanding how Nissan Formula E drivers’ brain functions and anatomy differ in comparison to average drivers:
  • By establishing a spectrum of driver brain activity, the program will provide a clear understanding of the impact of electrical brain stimulation.
  1. Through the use of electrical brain stimulation, can a professional driver’s brain be enhanced to improve on-track performance:
  • Once existing brain activity is known, a bespoke driver training program of electrical brain stimulation can be initiated, monitored, and reported.
  1. Can brain computer interface training be used to enhance general driving skills, with a longer-term goal to inform and enhance future Nissan EV product development, with a focus on achieving the highest level of driver excitement and focus:
  • Recommendations to be made around the intuitive nature of future EV product development, based on an increased understanding of bio-electricity to further enhance the driving experience.

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