Cars that save your skin

Nis­san driv­ers get health care with their cars, writes Neil McDon­ald

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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.

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