Get a whiff of the fu­ture

Nis­san will soon of­fer aroma ther­apy, writesMARKHINCHLIFFE

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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.

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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.

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