Nissan’s Concept Car Tells Drivers If They Need To Drink Water

Nissan’s Concept Car Tells Drivers If They Need To Drink Water
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The auto brand partnered with Paulien Routs and Droog Design to use their color-changing material in a Nissan Juke to promote keeping drivers hydrated

Zack Palm
  • 18 october 2017

Going on a road trip means having to stay in the car for extended period of time, and everyone in the car wants to their destination as quickly as possible. This means the less stops they have to make, the better. Although, drivers may forget to drink water during their trip to cut down on having to take the annoying ten minute break from driving every couple of hours. For their Do Drink and Drive campaign, Nissan approached design researcher Paulien Routs for her creation of SOAK, a material that changes color upon contact with a person’s sweat. Routs developed the SOAK material in a program called Reality Tanks, owned by Neatherlands-based design company Droog Design.

The SOAK material works through touch. It changes color when it detects the unique micro-fluids that come off when a person sweats. To have the SOAK textile work naturally in a vehicle, Routs used it as a base in the driver seat and wheel upholstery. These locations were designed with an open pattern to make it easier for a driver’s sweat to reach the color changing textile.

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While driving, if the driver notices the front wheel of the vehicle remains blue, they know they drank enough water recently. If the SOAK material shifts to yellow or white, the driver knows they haven’t had enough water. The driver should then pull over, take a break from driving and drink some water in order to remain focused. For the partnership, Nissan donated a Nissan Juke for Routs to place her SOAK material in. Routs originally created SOAK to go into workout outfits for those exercising to know when to take a break and drink water.

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There’s little research on driving while dehydrated, as more driving-based studies focus on the dangers of drinking alcohol at the wheel than drivers remaining hydrated. However, a study conducted in 2015 by the European Hydration Institute that was done by the Loughborough University, from the UK, discovered drivers who only drank 25ml of water an hour made double the mistakes than drivers who remained hydrated while driving. The drivers who were forced to limit their water intake made the same number of mistakes as a driver who had a blood alcohol content of 0.08%.

Though this was a one-off partnership, Routs and Droog Design plan to continue working together to implement SOAK into workout clothing.

Nissan

Going on a road trip means having to stay in the car for extended period of time, and everyone in the car wants to their destination as quickly as possible. This means the less stops they have to make, the better. Although, drivers may forget to drink water during their trip to cut down on having to take the annoying ten minute break from driving every couple of hours. For their Do Drink and Drive campaign, Nissan approached design researcher Paulien Routs for her creation of SOAK, a material that changes color upon contact with a person’s sweat. Routs developed the SOAK material in a program called Reality Tanks, owned by Neatherlands-based design company Droog Design.

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+water
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