Get a whiff of the future
Nissan will soon offer aroma therapy, writesMARKHINCHLIFFE
AIRCONDITIONING that can smell road kill and close the vents is one of several initiatives Nissan plans for future vehicles.
Cruise control that works with satellite navigation to slow vehicles for corners is another innovation.
Nissan also wants to inject aromas into the cabin to reduce boredom and stimulate the driver’s brain.
Nissan Australia senior corporate communications manager Jeffrey Fisher says the innovations could go into production within a few years.
‘‘We will look to see if they can be made available and cost-effective in Australia, and whether they will certain models,’’ he says.
Nissan’s Forest airconditioning is the result of the company’s studies into the effect of forest air.
A combination of fragrant kapur wood, lavender and essential oils promotes calm and focuses the brain.
Leaf alcohol, which is found in most plants, also has a calming effect and reduces fatigue.
These aromas would be sprayed into the cabin using an interchangeable cartridge with a one-year lifespan.
Nissan has also developed two driver-aid systems that synchronise the vehicle’s satellite navigation, engine, braking and steering.
When the satnav recognises an approaching corner, the Navigation-Co-operative Intelligent Pedal lifts the accelerator.
Nissan’s Driver Stability Assist system synchronises brakes, steering and engine response to control the vehicle on winding roads.
It senses an increase in driver input on the steering wheel and brake and accelerator pedals and acts to stabilise the vehicle with optimum distribution of force at each wheel, depending on the radius of the corner.
The driver-aid systems will be available this year in the new Japanese Fuga, which is not destined for Australia, Fisher says.