Cars that save your skin
Nissan drivers get health care with their cars, writes Neil McDonald
THE fountain of youth could be found in your next new Nissan. The company is working on a range of well being initiatives designed to take the stress out of driving.
It already has odour-eating airconditioning and last week announced vitamin C-infused filters that moisturise your skin while you drive. The device will be available within months in Japan and could roll out to other countries if there is a demand.
Apart from the vitamin C moistouriser for the cabin, Nissan models will also get a plasma cluster filter — developed by Sharp — to take bad smells out of the cabin. It says the ions reduce airborne bacteria and mould.
‘‘People are spending more time in their cars and customers are also telling us that the conventional air conditioning systems are drying their skin out,’’ Nissan’s climate systems engineering chief, Yuzuru Yoshinami, says.
He reports good testing results and a cost-effective product for cars.
‘‘Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen and elastin, which are necessary for a healthy skin. It is small enough in size to be infused into the air in the cabin. As with other filters, it would need to be replaced once a year,’’ he says.
Yoshinami says the system has already passed university tests on mice. ‘‘We detected an increase in vitamin C on the skin,’’ he says.
Apart from moisturised skin, Nissan is also working on several technologies to not only build safer cars for occupants and pedestrians.
The Japanese carmarker also plans to fit anti-collision technology to automatically detect pedestrians.
The system involves a 360-degree camera display and is part of the companys safety shield that also includes land departure warning system, automatic distance cruise control and blind spot intervention.
The pedestrian-detection system uses an alarm to alert drivers when a pedestrian is too close to the car if they are parking or reversing out of a car park or driveway.
If it detects a pedestrian it will automatically raise the accelerator pedal and brake the car. It also has a sonar-based collision avoidance system to prevent crashes at speeds as high as 60km/h.
Nissan cars will also come with heated seats that incorporate NASA research to promote better blood circulation.
New luxury seats introduced in its Japan-only Elgrand models also hold passengers in the best possible spot to reduce stresses on the body.
All-round safety: Nissan’s camera-based pedestrian-avoidance system has 360-degree coverage.