Sweat-Sensing Car Seats in Accident Prevention
Nissan has revealed a new technology.
The sweat-sensing car seat (known as Soak) can, according to Nissan, assist with vehicle accident prevention. The seat has the ability to analyze a driver’s perspiration to detect high salt levels, which may be an indicator of dehydration. Research conducted by the European Hydration Institute and Loughborough University suggests that dehydrated drivers are as “error-prone” as those who have been drinking alcohol.
Dr. Hari Chaggar, a medical expert for Nissan, says that outside of the athletic community, the correlation between dehydration and reduced physiological performance has been largely overlooked. Dehydration is often a cause of lightheadedness, fatigue, and headaches. If drivers receive an alert when they are dehydrated, they may not drive at all, preventing an accident. Soak provides this alert by turning yellow when pressed against skin with high salt levels. This, hopefully, can prevent accidents.
Originally developed by a Dutch company named Droog, the sweat-sensitive coating is on the seat as well as the steering wheel. Peter Wells, a Professor at Cardiff University, says this concept may lead to further systems that measure driver condition, such as hormone levels, heart rate, and adrenaline that may be useful indicators in gauging the emotional state of a driver.
The Soak technology is expected to be a feature of the steering wheel and seat of Nissan’s upcoming Juke model.
Other Key Accident Prevention Technology
Nissan vehicles are increasingly being outfitted with enhanced safety systems as part of their comprehensive Intelligent Safety Shield® Technology, which includes some of the following features:
- Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW): Uses a radar signal to detect activity of the vehicles traveling ahead of you. Has the capability of sensing a rapid deceleration and gives you advanced warnings to slow down.
- Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB): Uses the radar technology employed in PFCW, but is capable of engaging the brakes automatically to prevent or limit a frontal collision.
- Blind spot alerts: Monitors the rear sides of the vehicle, commonly known as the “blind spots,” to avoid potential collisions when changing lanes or merging on to a road.
- Rear alerts for cross traffic: Monitors the presence of approaching vehicles when a driver is backing out, which is particularly useful in crowded parking areas.
- Rearview Monitoring (RM): Assists drivers with parallel parking by clearly displaying the distance between your vehicle and other vehicles, curbs, and objects.
- AroundView: A system of four cameras that is capable of providing a 360-degree view of the area around your vehicle, which also detects moving objects or approaching vehicles.
Automobile manufacturers are increasingly making new safety features available in efforts to reduce the injuries, fatalities, and property losses that stem from roadway accidents. But accidents still happen. At Car Accident Help, we’re committed to accident victims. We offer a free consultation and encourage you to call (405) 285-4357 today.
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