CAR manufacturer Nissan has invented a sweat-sensing seat that can tell when drivers are dehydrated.
Dehydration occurs when your body contains less water than it needs. It can affect concentration and make you more tired.
Japanese firm Nissan says that drivers make more than double the number of mistakes if they’re dehydrated – but that most drivers don’t recognise the signs of dehydration. A 2015 study showed that mistakes made by dehydrated drivers include late-braking, drifting within a lane and even crossing lane lines.
So Nissan and Dutch design company Droog have revealed a car seat called SOAK. The seat changes colour if the driver’s body sweat is high in salt, which is a telltale sign of dehydration. The driver then knows they should take a water break.
This new tech is exciting, but there are no plans yet to bring the SOAK seat into production.