Nissan launches Nismo smartwatch for drivers

 
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A smartwatch that monitors the performance of a vehicle as well as the driver has been launched by car manufacturer Nissan.

Like many other smartwatches, the Nissan Nismo measures the user's heart rate, temperature and other biometrics.

But it also allows users to keep an eye on their car's performance - including average speeds and fuel consumption.

Experts say that the watch could be an important step towards greater connectivity in cars.

"Connectivity is the new battleground for car manufacturers," said Chas Hallett, editor-in-chief of What Car?

"In-car internet is coming and now with consumer electronics focusing on watch-based connections, Nissan is getting ahead of the game and joining the two together very cleverly."

The Nismo watch can be connected to the car's on-board computer system to allow users to monitor vehicle telematics and performance data. Users can also receive tailored messages from Nissan via the gadget.

It was unveiled ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show, which runs until 22 September.

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"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.

A glut of smartwatches has hit the market recently, including Samsung's Galaxy Gear and Sony's Smartwatch 2.

Car-connected watches could be even more useful than those offered by consumer electronic firms, thinks Mr Hallett.

"Imagine if you could heat up your car on a cold day before you got into it or shut the roof of your convertible when it started raining and it was parked outside," he said.

The Nissan Leaf electric car already allows users to interact with it via their mobile phone, said Mr Dunsmore, and such functionality should be available in the firm's next-generation watches.

The current gadget is one of the first products to come out of its Nismo laboratory, which captures live biometric and telematics data from Nissan racing cars and their drivers.

The lab plans to use electrocardiograms (ECG) and electroencephalograms (EEG) in the future to capture a range of heart and brainwave data.

The eventual aim would be to create wearable technology for drivers that can spot fatigue, monitor drivers' levels of concentration and emotions and record hydration levels.

The Nismo, which comes in three colours and has a battery life of around a week, can be controlled by two buttons on the screen.

 

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    Comment number 48.

    *sighs*

    Selling "shiny" things to the middle class when others scrape by with zero hours contracts or on a pittance.

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    Comment number 47.

    @45.billy goat gruff
    @35 They need a speaking watch that says, "you're breaking the speed limit" "driving too close to the car in front", "Give that bike more room"..

    See post 14. Lots of us have these devices commonly known as "wives"

    From what I see on the roads they're not doing their job very well (or aren't in the car enough) hence the need to replace wives with a watch

  • rate this
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    Comment number 46.

    Just as triumphant Roman generals had a slave whispering in their ear during a victory parade "remember thou art only mortal" (sic transit gloria mundi), perhaps cars could be wired to detect a teenage driver notify them "You are not as good a driver are you think you are"

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    Comment number 45.

    @35 They need a speaking watch that says, "you're breaking the speed limit" "driving too close to the car in front", "Give that bike more room" " look in your mirrors" "don't pull in so close in front of the lorry you've overtaken" "don't overtake on the bend" "stop the lights are changing to red"

    See post 14. Lots of us have these devices commonly known as "wives"

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    Comment number 44.

    Can BMW develop something which automatically uses indicators, something which 90% on BMW drivers seem incapable of.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 43.

    Give all members of the government a smart watch that sets off a loud alarm every morning with a message "Do not enter another war"

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    Comment number 42.

    How many wearable technology does one need...lets see my new Samsung Galaxy smart watch, my new Nismo smart watch, my new Sony Ericssion digital jacket with Bluetooth and Sony watch with email, Google glasses, iPod watch, Nike fuel band, sleeping tracker band, sesame ring, usb bangle ......brain freeze

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    Comment number 41.

    It would be more use if the new automated parking system were wired to automatically photgraph the car and driver that just dented your bumper, slammed an opening door into the side panel or scraped a shooping trolley against the wing. If you want to know how much fuel you're using, get a calculator and an education. Gizmos should solve problems instead of inventing non-existent problems.

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    Comment number 40.

    In these times of austerity we cannot afford to buy all this cr8p that we don't need.
    But credit where credit is due, the BBC have produced a technology article without mentioning any fruit based products.

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    Comment number 39.

    35

    If it was a BMW version, it would have exploded with overuse in the first 5 minutes.

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    Comment number 38.

    The motor industry has been slow to adopt this. Example, I have a diesel car and like many I have problems with the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). I'd like more data about this to allow me to better manage it. How full is it, whats the temp in the DPF, is it currently regenerating, when did it last regenerate... All this and more is there I need the car to send this to my phone so I can see it.

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    Comment number 37.

    So how many watches do you need to keep track of all your equipment? I think i need another arm

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    Comment number 36.

    Not convinced that increased distractions for drivers are a good thing.
    The road is the place to be looking when driving.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 35.

    They need a speaking watch that says, "you're breaking the speed limit" "driving too close to the car in front", "Give that bike more room" " look in your mirrors" "don't pull in so close in front of the lorry you've overtaken" "don't overtake on the bend" "stop the lights are changing to red" "dont park there you''re blocking an entrance" "don't open your door right in front of that moving car"

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    Comment number 34.

    Mr Hallett said, "Imagine if you could heat up your car on a cold day before you got into it ......

    I already have that. I get the wife to go out first and start the car up! lol

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    Comment number 33.

    Perhaps we just have a system that allows car owners to access fault code of the cars so we don't have to pay garages £50 just to find out what is wrong, never mid fixing the damn thing.

    In my view nothing else is worth it.

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    Comment number 32.

    Much that I love technology, there are some things that really don't need "connectivity". My car already displays all this information on a LCD on the dashboard (which you don't have to read while you are driving).

    Maybe some people will find it useful, but it seems pointless to me, and I'd maybe feel a little daft wearing it as it looks like a bit of a nerdy "statement" about your lifestyle.

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    Comment number 31.

    I do hope that this isn't something else to take a motorist's eyes off the road ahead, even for a second.

    There are quite enough stupid and arrogant people speeding along with a phone clapped to their ears, texting, adjusting their make-up or doing just about anything except driving defensively. Why are any of these gismos not automatically disabled while a vehicle is in motion?

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    Comment number 30.

    Michael Knight had one of these in the 80s, old news.....

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    Comment number 29.

    Yet another "idiot" toy for those who drive without due care and attention. See most commuters who are on mobile phones, putting makeup on, turning round to talk to the passenger in the back and not fogetting the Chelsea tractor crew for whom thinking is a strange concept.

 

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