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 69.

    I like the idea in principle, and generally favour technological progress. I just don't see this adding all that much.

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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 30.

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

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    Comment number 12.

    Yet another gadget which will distract us from paying attention to our driving.

    The amount of people I pass with heads bowed looking at phones while driving increases every week.

    When you are driving a car your priority should be the safety of you, your passengers and other drivers and pedestrians around you.

    Yes, more information is great - but process it before or after a drive. Not during.

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    Comment number 10.

    Firstly, why would you need to know what your heart rate is whilst driving?
    Secondly taking your eyes of the road to look at this gadget is an unnecessary risk.

 
 

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