The future of driving technology couldn’t be more exciting. Only two years after we reported about Nissan’s initiative on making a car that could predict its driver’s intentions, the sixth largest automaker in the world unveiled a concept watch that connects car and driver like never before.
Either you are a happy Nissan owner or just a fan of Heart rate, you’ll be certainly pleased to learn that Nippon Sangyo (Japan Industries) plans to monitor not just the car but also the drivers’ vital signs, including brainwave activity and skin temperature. The company plans to use electrocardiograms (ECG) and electroencephalograms (EEG) in the future to capture a range of heart and brainwave data.
Using technology developed for race car drivers and developed to monitor the car’s functionality and the driver’s health and vital signs, Nissan hopes to appeal to a wider demographic and revolutionize car technology.
Although Nissan has been quiet about specifics, the watch and car will communicate in such a way to give the wearer constant information nut just real-time biometric data but useful statistics like fuel consumption, average speed and vehicle function.
The watch and car will be in constant communication, your car can update you via your watch whenever it needs an oil change or its tires rotated. Bad at remembering your service times? It will remind you.
What’s more it’s not just monitoring the car – it’s monitoring your your vital signs, your heart rate, brainwave activity and skin temperature, allowing you to see how much adrenaline you worked up doing your best track, as well as improving safety. In the future it will be able to monitor your brain condition to warn in case of brain damage and alert paramedics if needed. Falling skin temperature, diminished brain activity and a slower heart rate will also alert the car that you’re getting drowsy and the car, in turn, will wake you up and inform you that it’s time to get off the road.
“Wearable technology is fast becoming the next big thing and we want to take advantage of this innovative technology,” said Gareth Dunsmore, marketing communications general manager at Nissan, Europe.
There is no word on the pricing or availability at the moment, considering it is still in concept stage, but Nissan hinted that the watch will be shipped in a sleek and sexy case made from tyre and rubber scraped from a racing track. It will feature a Lithium Polymer battery and a micro USB port.
Nissan claims that Nismo will have a battery life of about a week under normal usage. It will also come with a companion smartphone app that will connect with the car over Bluetooth.
As longtime neurogadget lovers and Nissan fans at the same time, we can’t wait to put this stylish watch on our wrist. How about you? Tell us in the comments!