A 2015 study conducted by Loughborough University found that driving while dehydrated results in a reaction time and alertness similar to that of driving while intoxicated. Many drivers can’t recognize the most common symptoms of dehydration, such as a headache, dry mouth, and fatigue. That prompted Nissan to partner with a Dutch design brand to create the Nissan Juke SOAK.
Dutch design brand Droog sells sweat-sensitive textile coating. The spray-on compound is usually used on workout clothes to inform those exercising when they need to hydrate. Nissan partnered with the design brand to bring that technology to the Nissan Juke.
When the sweat-sensitive textile coating is applied to seats, it can let drivers know when they’re dehydrated. The seat will turn yellow if the driver is dehydrated and blue if the driver is properly hydrated.
“Sweat-sensing technology built into a car is an innovative way of highlighting this, aiding prevention by warning the driver directly,” said Dr. Harj Chaggar, medical consultant for Nissan Motorsports.
The Nissan Juke SOAK is, for now, a concept model that likely won’t make it to the production line. Even so, the crossover is a great indicator of just how dedicated Nissan is to making the roads a safer place.
We here at Wright Nissan can’t wait to see what the Japanese brand shows off next!