Nissan is introducing a smartwatch concept targeted at drivers of their Nismo performance car models that collects data from both driver and car to assist in improving driving skill. The Nismo Watch Concept is the first piece of wearable technology created by an automaker virtually linking the driver and car.
The smartwatch has five core functions:
− monitor the efficiency of their vehicle with average speed and fuel consumption readings;
− access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track;
− capture biometric data via a heart rate monitor;
− connect to the car using a smartphone app via Bluetooth Low Energy;
− receive tailored car messages from Nissan
Nissan says it is already using biometric training technologies on some of their current Nismo racing team drivers to improve their track driving. The Nismo Watch Concept is a vision of a consumer grade application of these technologies. And an addition is the ability to share success and failures across the full spectrum of social media. The Nismo Watch can track and rate the user’s social performance across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram via Nissan’s proprietary Social Speed software.
Introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Nissan hasn’t revealed any production intentions about the watch. But as wearable technology continues to quickly evolve and spread, the Nismo Watch doesn’t seem that far fetched even in app form.