Never mind running on electricity -- cars of the future will be so helpful, they'll spray us with vitamins and make sure we never forget another anniversary.
That's the future envisioned by the people at Nissan, who announced today that their next-generation cars will be designed to make drivers feel they are better off staying in their cars instead of stepping outside.
Within the next two to three years, new Nissans will come with anti-collision radar technology; comfy "easy chair" seats designed by NASA, which are intended to improve blood flow; and air conditioners that spritz passengers with vitamin C, which helps prevent skin damage and wrinkles.
They will also have air purifiers designed by Sharp and smart speedometers that will remind drivers of upcoming anniversaries and birthdays, lest the driver forget.
Nissan hopes to capitalize on growing driver desire for value-added technology, the carmaker says. Cars are more than modes of transport, Nissan engineer Kenichi Tanaka explains: "The emotional aspect of a car has become increasingly important as customer needs diversify," he told AFP.
The anti-collision system is similar to radar systems used in airplanes and ships, AFP reports. It monitors the distance from a vehicle in front and can prevent forward crashes at speeds up to 40 mph. It works by telling the driver to decelerate, then slowing the car by automatically raising the accelerator and pressing the brake.
Nissan has plenty on its plate with the impending launch of the electric Leaf later this year, but a focus on comfort suggests the carmaker is not counting on the Leaf alone to get drivers' attention.
Aren't cars expensive enough without putting this useless c rap on them.
"hey honey, while you're checking the coolant and washer fluid, can you check the vitamin C tank too?"
If you replaced the C with Pepper Spray, then I think we have a pretty good theft deterrent system lol
Does the computer tell you to stop being such an a-hole when you're tailing someone...? And what voice will they use?
I hope they use Morgan Freeman. Then every car ride will feel like an epic narrated adventure.
"designed to make drivers feel they are better off staying in their cars instead of stepping outside. "
Idk if that's such good wording it makes it sound like we will all become to scared to leave our cars for anything.
Also another foreseeable problem... what goes in here antifreeze or vitamin c spray hmm. oh well antifreeze it is.
"Yo dawg, I hooked you up with some 14 inch silver rims and a vitamin C spray, too keep you skin young and shit" -Xzibit
Not true, dawg. Even I think this shit's all superfluous.
wow just when i thought pimp my ride puts some pretty pointless stuff in cars....but spedometers that remind you about anniversaries?
Xzibit is close, but not all right. I like to breathe easy in my house and in my car. So if the air is sweeter in both, why not. Plus most of you guys have $1 car freshers hanging high..lol.. [ talking bout] "my car be smelling good..lol.. I think it's an improvement, where can i get the mod?
90% of my body is covered by clothes, now my skin is not getting its vitamin c protection and i have a stain on my new white shirt.....
this seems a bit too gimmicky to me. i agree with the progression of technology, but i think it has more to do with the car communicating with your other devices,(phone, address book, toaster etc.) which until recently, car companies have been very unresponsive to, like your iPhone seamlessly working through the stereo system, as apposed to having a separate dedicated "car phone"
the car company needs to stop wasting money on useless stuff, and they should use that money to make a car that pollutes less. For me, that would a a whole lot better than getting vitamin C sparyed on my face while driving 60 miles an hour.
Can work. I would like to be spoiled like that. I have my doubts about the anti-accident mode though. They should also change the vitamin C spray to cyanide when the car is stolen.
More business coming up lets have Vitamin C re fillers at Gas stations !!!
They are priming the technology for the day when turning off your radio to avoid an endless stream of commercial advertising won't matter. The speedometer will start advertising too, and you can't turn it off.
Swizzlestick, you had me laughing, for sure! Maybe they could turn the speedometer's voice into a driving instructor.
this is stupid. i am a health nut, but this is plain dumb. vitamin C in the A/C???? nuts. the crash avoidance system sounds OK, but whatever.
P.S The speedometer is for telling you how fast your going. not your wife's birthday. that is the job for a calendar.
dash board looks very funky as like civic's
WARNING: You are about to engage in an Rant/Diatribe on the Nissan Leaf (by someone speaking from actual "experience")
I am one of those "early-adopters" for the Nissan Leaf program.
So far, this process is reminiscent of going to the "DMV" [Dept of Motor Vehicles]. Let me preface this by stating, that in California [CA], going to the DMV is like [literally] Pulling-Your-Teeth (with No Novocain!)
I first had to pay the $99 bucks to reserve the car (no problem here).
Then, secondly, Another $99 bucks when making the appointment for the charging station with Nissan installation point company [AV Environment] (sorry but, I was told, that the "EV Project," that promises "Free" chargers is only offering these in the "Big Fish" Markets of San Diego and LA - so I'm screwed on this because of my being in "Timbucktu")
But the charging process itself really stretched-me-to-the-Limit!! (with the delayed appointments), the higher than expected full install cost (over $2,400 - that's right, Much higher that the "average" - could this be because I'm in the "Central Valley" CA, so electricians are so much more "Rip Off" here?!? - then there was the "promise" by AV Environment that they would give me a "discount" for my troubles [a "empty" promise, since I've asked, a number of times, When I would receive this [in Vain]).
Then lastly, my experiences with Nissan itself has been bordering on somewhere between "dealing with Santa Claus" and [again] the "DMV." (since we Don't really know "When" the car is actually going be delivered. They giving us a sometime "around" November/December).
I say "Santa Claus" because it is literally reminiscent to the day, when we were little kids, when we Didn't know What-In-The-Heck kind of gifts we'd receive (You know that "game" that our parents "Played" on us. The one involving "mental torture" of the Christmas season "UnKnown."
Yes, it is Just-Like-That with our New Santa Claus, Nissan (and it is just as "Ironic" considering they [again] said it won't be coming until "Sometime" around December (can you/we say "Merry Christmas???" [Thank You Santa Claus Nissan!!!]).
But to say, this last process [of waiting and uncertainty] has been, at the very least, "Yo Yo," and the most, stressful Beyond reason!! (just the process of "buying" a car, most people know, is stressful, in and of itself - with this process, Double-ly so!!).
So overall, the Entire process is Worst than pulling teeth!! (and one, that If-I-Had-Known it was like this I would have Never had gone through this "Chinese Water Torture.")
I am Not an Environmental Wack Job, who is doing this "For-The-Planet," to "Reduce-My-Carbon-Footprint," or any other "Al Gore-ian" nutso ideology -- I (and most) consumers just want this [an E-car] for "practical" purposes -- So I, personally, just wanted to get a sophisticated Go-Cart that would: 1) Take me to my job (which is close by) and, 2) Save on [or eliminate] my regular Gasoline bill.
So, in my humble opinion, if everyone (Government/Environmental Wackos/Industry) Really wants to make this [so-called] "Green Revolution" to be feasible and/or "realistic" then they had Better make this process more "practical" and "seamless," otherwise, they will have a Whole Lot of very Frustrated [and frankly, Angry] people out there, who will either: 1) Not "Buy-In" and/or Reject this stuff, or, 2) Fight back (with either outright anger/protest/etc.)
I went with the Leaf, over the GM Volt, because, frankly, 1) the Volt is Way....to expensive (being Over 40 Grand), and 2) In the Volt, you Still have to deal with an engine (hence, in CA, the dreaded annual "smog tests" for registration purposes). I wouldn't have any "Range-Fear" because [again], I'm close to my job, and 2) I plan to get another [regular gas] car for my longer [rare] trips.
But if GM can streamline their process, better that Nissans, then they WILL win in the upcoming "War of the E-Cars."
My 2 cents.
So Everyone out there, Beware!!!
I am quite confused what nissan are upto ,i mean spraing vitamin c trough AC dose it really needed ??
For this useless thing they will charge some thing really big i don't think this will go long.
I tend to agree with spacekid and it also could result to cars doing everying for you , maybe even one day keeping you in a little protective bubble.Also,we could end up looking like the peaple in the movie Wall-E
Nissan have came up with a great technology to spray vitamin c and all stuff to keep people healthy ..but i don't think this type of stuff will attract buyers toward nissan .