The auto brand transferred safety features from its vehicles into a wetsuit that warns divers about oncoming waves so they can get out of the way in time

In Galicia, in northern Spain, a prized barnacle called percebe grows along rocks, which professionals called ‘percebeiros' harvest as the sea crashes against them. To make gathering these delicacies easier, Nissan retrofitted its vehicle safety features and teamed up with technology company Glassworks and the Spanish National Research Council to create the Percebeiro Shield, a protective wetsuit for percebeiros to wear that warns them about oncoming waves.

The wetsuit uses a small device stationed at a distance from the percebeiros that observes the waves coming toward them while they work. When the device detects a powerful wave near the work area, the wetsuit gives off an audio signal and flashes LED lights to signify the type of wave, with a final warning vibration going off on the wearer's lumbar zone. If a percebeiro falls into the water, the wetsuit automatically alerts the nearest medical center.

A prototype of the Percebeiro Shield has already been tested in Galicia.

Percebeiro Shield

In Galicia, in northern Spain, a prized barnacle called percebe grows along rocks, which professionals called ‘percebeiros' harvest as the sea crashes against them. To make gathering these delicacies easier, Nissan retrofitted its vehicle safety features and teamed up with technology company Glassworks and the Spanish National Research Council to create the Percebeiro Shield, a protective wetsuit for percebeiros to wear that warns them about oncoming waves.

The wetsuit uses a small device stationed at a distance from the percebeiros that observes the waves coming toward them while they work. When the device detects a powerful wave near the work area, the wetsuit gives off an audio signal and flashes LED lights to signify the type of wave, with a final warning vibration going off on the wearer's lumbar zone. If a percebeiro falls into the water, the wetsuit automatically alerts the nearest medical center.