* Drivers who have had only a sip of water make twice as much mistakes as those who are properly hydrated
* Nissan has integrated a sweat-sensing technology into its Juke model to warn drivers when they need to drink more water
* When dehydrated the SOAK turns yellow, and when rehydrated it turns blue
Nissan has unveiled an intelligent sweat detector which is able to warn drivers when they are dehydrating and need to drink water.
Experts discovered that dehydration can be just as bad as drink-driving. A research carried out by Loughborough University in England revealed that drivers who had consumed only a sip of water (25ml per hour) made more than double the number of mistakes on the road than those who were properly hydrated.
The number of errors – including late-braking, drifting within a lane and even crossing over lane lines – was equivalent to those displayed by people with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% – the current UK drink-drive limit.
Nissan in conjunction with Dutch design brand, Droog has integrated a sweat-sensing technology coating called SOAK into its Nissan Juke.
By applying the coating to the car’s steering wheel and front seats, an effective system for warning drivers that they need to drink more water is set-up.
How does it work?
When in contact with perspiration (sweat) from a person’s hands or clothing, the SOAK coating changes colour to yellow if the driver is dehydrated. When rehydrated, it turns blue.
Dr Harj Chaggar, medical consultant for Nissan Motorsport commented that: “While many athletes are well-versed on keeping hydrated, many people outside the sporting sphere remain unaware of the impact of dehydration on physiological performance.
“Sweat-sensing technology built into a car is an innovative way of highlighting this, aiding prevention by warning the driver directly.”
Approximately two-thirds of drivers are unable to recognise the symptoms of dehydration – tiredness, dizziness, headaches, a dry mouth and slower reaction. But visual indication provided by the SOAK coating can help motorists keep hydrated.
[Featured photo: Nissan]