The idea is not just a "Look ma, no hands" gimmick - it was originally developed for paralysed or elderly drivers who may not have full control of their physical faculties.
"There are two starting points of this project. The first one is to provide a driving method without using hands or feet for the disabled who are unable to move freely; and secondly, to provide healthy people with a new and more intellectualized driving mode," researcher Zhang Zhao told Reuters.
While it might seem that controlling a vehicle on a busy traffic-filled road just with your mind sounds like a very dangerous idea, the researchers made it clear that wandering focus would not cause a car crash.
You would only need to concentrate on the thought when you want to actually change the status of your vehicle - something you do unconsciously anyway.
According to the researchers, the ultimate plan could be to integrate this technology with driverless cars, so it is more of a complementary service than an alternative to physical driving.
Professor Duan Feng, who led the project, told Reuters, "In the end, cars, whether driverless or not, and machines are serving for people. Under such circumstances, people's intentions must be recognized. In our project, it makes the cars better serve human beings."