One can hardly believe it, but engineers at the Free University of Berlin in Germany has managed to steer a car only by the power of thought.

Completely without keeping hands on the wheel sat a researcher in the car and got it, for example, to turn left just by thinking of the “left”.

With a number of other thought commands “to the right”, “accelerate” and “slow down” the researchers got the car to drive around on a training course. For this purpose they used a car, on the steering wheel, accelerator and brake could be controlled from a computer, and the car’s driver was wearing a kind of hat with sensors that could measure his brain activity.

The sensors were connected to the computer. Because the computer before the test run had been “trained” to recognize the wave pattern from the driver’s brain that meant, for example, “left” or “slow”, could the driver control the car with the power of thought.