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Nissan's driver dehydration detection

Nissan have installed technology that can detect if the driver is dehydrated into one of their new Juke cars.

The vehicle manufacturing company decided to put the clever technology into one of their cars to raise awareness of the dangers of driving whilst dehydrated after it was revealed that drivers make more than double the number of mistakes if they haven't had enough water.

Nissan teamed up with Dutch design brand Droog, whose state-of-the-art sweat-sensing technology coating called SOAK, has been installed into a Nissan Juke's front seat and steering wheel.

SOAK works by changing from yellow to blue when it is contact with perspiration.

Dr. Harj Chaggar, medical consultant for NISMO (Nissan Motorsport), commented: "While many athletes are well-versed on keeping hydrated, many people outside the sporting sphere remain unaware of the impact of dehydration on physiological performance. Sweat-sensing technology built into a car is an innovative way of highlighting this, aiding prevention by warning the driver directly."

Whilst Droog researcher and designer, Paulien Routs, added: "I originally created SOAK to be used on sports clothing. My vision is to create innovative solutions that aid the wearer in some way, using new technologies to bring function to fashion and textiles, as well as establishing new ways of interacting with our health and bodies."

Nissan has no plans to install this technology into all their Juke vehicles but they already have great features from the Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies including Intelligent Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

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