Nissan Debuts Smartwatch to Connect Car and Driver
The device will allow drivers to monitor the efficiency of their vehicle with average speed and fuel consumption readings, access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track.Car manufacturer Nissan is getting into the smartwatch game right behind Samsung, which recently unveiled its own smartwatch. The Nismo Concept Watch will be the first smartwatch to connect a driver to the car and will provide drivers with real-time biometric data, such as a heart rate monitor. The device will allow drivers to monitor the efficiency of their vehicle with average speed and fuel consumption readings, access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track, connect to the car using a smartphone app through Bluetooth Low Energy and receive tailored car messages from Nissan. In addition, the watch will use a lithium battery and will be charged by micro-USB, with a battery life of more than seven days under normal usage conditions. The watch will be available in three colors--black, white and a flagship black and red combination. The watch design was inspired by the Nismo ring and is referenced in a futuristic and ergonomic design. The user interface can be controlled by two buttons and is secured onto the driver's wrist through a snap-fit mechanism. The Nismo Watch will also track and rate the user's social performance across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram through Nissan's proprietary Social Speed software. The watch, unveiled ahead of its display at the Frankfurt Motor Show, is Nissan's first step into wearable technology.
"Wearable technology is fast becoming the next big thing and we want to take advantage of this innovative technology to make our Nismo Brand more accessible,” Gareth Dunsmore, marketing communications general manager for Nissan in Europe, said in a statement. “On track, Nissan uses the latest biometric training technologies to improve the performance of our Nissan Nismo Athletes and it is this technology we want to bring to our fans to enhance their driving experience and Nismo ownership."