September 9, 2013 – by Peter B. Counter
The relationship between car and driver has always been one of love and companionship. Good times, bad times, in the end a motorist is going to attach emotional significance to her automobile history. Unfortunately, due to a vehicle’s distinct lack of eyes, ears, brain and beating, loving heart, human-sedan affairs have been tragically one-sided, but that is about to change, at least for motor-sports athletes, now that Nissan is entering the wearable technology race with the Nismo smartwatch.
Presented today at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Nismo Concept Watch will act as a Machine to Machine (M2M) communications channel, allowing drivers to monitor their driving with unprecedented detail. Leveraging telematics technology, Nismo will provide fuel efficiency readings, average speed and general performance data as well as smartphone connectivity to the car.
The smartwatch will also monitor driver biometrics such as heart rate, brain activity and skin temperature (measuring hydration levels). Though the Nismo watch’s next step, according to Nissan is to allow for the vital monitoring of other athletes, the type of wearable biometrics on display with this smartwatch can be encouraging to other M2M watchers, primarily as the electric car lobby looks for an easy way to enable mobile wireless recharge station payment protection.