Nissan to offer breathable Vitamin C in new cars

Jul 28, 2010
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In a riposte to those who think a reliance on cars is unhealthy, new Nissan models will feature air conditioners that pump breathable vitamin C and stress-reducing seats, the firm said Wednesday.

The group is also looking to install "friendly" speedometers that can further improve the in-car atmosphere with timely reminders of wedding anniversary dates or birthdays, in the event the driver forgets.

"We want drivers to feel that they are healthier staying in the car instead of on the outside," a engineer said Wednesday at a test drive event outside Tokyo.

The automaker plans to introduce air conditioners in its cars that spray to moisturize skin and as well as air purifiers developed by Sharp.

Nissan also expects to equip its cars with heating "easy chairs" that incorporate NASA research to enable better and reduce the chances of back pain during long drives.

The innovations were announced along with a raft of features the automaker plans to equip its new cars with in the next two to three years, including anti-collision technology.

As competition among carmakers increases and the concept of automobiles expands beyond transportation, manufacturers are looking to add value.

"The emotional aspect of a car has become increasingly important and as customer needs diversify," said Nissan engineer Kenichi Tanaka.

The anti-collision technology, which is similar to radar systems used by airplanes and ships, monitors the distance with a vehicle in front and can prevent collisions at forward speeds of up to 60 kilometers (40 miles) per hour.

The system tells the driver to decelerate with a beeping sound and slows the vehicle by automatically raising the accelerator pedal and partially braking, Nissan officials explained.

The updated designs and technology come as Nissan is bracing for the year-end launch of the all-electric Leaf in Japan and the United States, which has become the fulcrum of its green ambitions.

The group lags behind rivals Toyota and Honda, with only one hybrid, the Altima, which uses Toyota's technology.

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Bob_Kob
4 / 5 (3) Jul 28, 2010
I like the enthusiasm. But spraying vitamins in the air?..
Kedas
4 / 5 (4) Jul 28, 2010
"We want drivers to feel that they are healthier staying in the car instead of on the outside,"

I don't feel well, I will take a 15 minute drive?
That idea is soo wrong.
Nederluv
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 28, 2010
Logical reasoning tells me that this can't be good for your health, but I could be wrong. Pumping particles into the air normally doesn't improve air quality. In this case vitamins could even be detrimental to your health. Just like drinking water is good, while breathing it in isn't. Has this been researched?
DaveGee
1 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2010
This story can ONLY end one way and that's with a boatload of class action lawyers...

Just look At what they were able to accomplish with a ditzy woman, a cup of coffee and a motor vehicle! ONG! They'd have a field day with something like this!!

Tell me I'm wrong? :)
DaveGee
4 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
Hmm maybe they are looking for STUFF to put back into EVs since they are forced to remove so much stuff that usually break or require maintainance every 3k miles...

No exhaust, catilitic converter, spark plugs, engines, transmission, no fuel injection systems, carburetors, vacuum pumps, fuel pumps, complex engine cooling systems and probably lots more I'm forgetting...

That's a HEAP LOAD of stuff that goes away with a pure EV... Lots of stuff that can no longer break, wear down or require incessant fluid changes.

Once batteries & charging get just a little bit better the auto repair and auto parts industries are gonna be in for one he'll of a rude awakening...
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
So how would you turn this off? I drive a lot unfortunately and I'd like to not form kidney stones due to exces vit C.
CarolinaScotsman
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 28, 2010
I want nothing to do with an air conditioner that puts out anything besides plain, cool air. How long before they start secretly putting in substances to "addict" someone to the car or something else that is psychoactive?
ArtflDgr
3.5 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
Will they make you sign a release so if you have cancer and their idea increases its growth, they wont be liable for doing so because they provided such without restriction?
h0dges
2 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2010
To those of you who have seen Serenity, this article should ring alarm bells. The first step is about to be taken...
El_Nose
4 / 5 (1) Jul 28, 2010
Vitamin C does not cause kidney stones... anymore... Its been tested and proven (now) to limits of medicine as of 2009 -- i say it that wasy cause in a couple of years they may take that back and say that now it does cause kidney stones again.

what would be the benefit would putting a psychoactive substance in your air while your driving??? the company would crash and burn as people drove over the little red leprechauns that were actually children. As for making driving addictive - that is a nice concept - but once again it is for the purchaser to know what they are purchasing.

Air conditioners strip moisture from the air -- making it in my opinion stale -- but breathing water vapor is not bad for you -- air with no moisture causes nose bleeds and sinus infections.
Skeptic_Heretic
3 / 5 (4) Jul 28, 2010
Air conditioners strip moisture from the air -- making it in my opinion stale -- but breathing water vapor is not bad for you -- air with no moisture causes nose bleeds and sinus infections
Air with too much moisture fills your lungs with fluid and aggravates asthma and other conditions as well. Everythign is about balance.
Vitamin C does not cause kidney stones... anymore... Its been tested and proven (now) to limits of medicine as of 2009 -- i say it that wasy cause in a couple of years they may take that back and say that now it does cause kidney stones again.

I was unaware of that, thanks for the information.
Mayday
1 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
Cars do need some improvement, but I'm pretty sure this isn't the right course. Here are my suggestions:
-- Car exteriors are WAY, WAY too fragile. Improve.
-- Cars have too many blind spots. Fix with sensors or cameras.
-- The possibility of locking keys inside or leaving the lights on should be eliminated.
-- Remote starting/heating/cooling should be standard.
-- All doors should be powered sliding doors.
-- Trunks should have flexible compartment dividers
Temple
5 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
ust look At what they were able to accomplish with a ditzy woman, a cup of coffee and a motor vehicle!


Aside:

This case is often at the fore-front of every attack on frivolous lawsuits. It's ironic, because, if you actually read the details of the case, it's one where the company in question was significantly negligent.

The woman wasn't driving. She was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car. Effectively, this is the same as if she were sitting in any other chair.

At the time McDonalds' coffee was significantly hotter and significantly more dangerous than any other product known and sold as "coffee". They served thier coffee at a temperature between 180-190°F, much hotter than the 140-150°F temperature coffee is served at other restaurants and typically served at home. The additional temperature greatly increases the severity of potential burns while greatly reducing the time required to cause those 3rd degree burns.

Continued...
Temple
5 / 5 (3) Jul 28, 2010
Before the incident, McDonalds had received some 700 complaints of people burned by their coffee and had settled out of court over $500,000 worth of lawsuits related to the over-hot coffee.

Further, at the trial, the chief of McDonalds quality control said that while they were aware of injuries, they had decided that the number of injuries caused was insufficient for them to reconsider serving this exceedingly-hot coffee. He also admitted that if their product was consumed as intended upon delivery, it would cause serious burns of the mouth and throat.

Overall, you've got a case where a company is knowingly producing a dangerous product, which could reasonably be expected to be significantly safer (much lower temperature, aka 'hot'). They received several complaints of injury, but decided to do nothing about it. That's negligent.
fixer
1 / 5 (2) Jul 28, 2010
The system tells the driver to decelerate with a beeping sound and slows the vehicle by automatically raising the accelerator pedal and partially braking, Nissan officials explained.

Really? The cruise control doesn't do that now, on an X trail it has no connection to the brakes and will allow the vehicle to run away down hills at any speed!
Once the car is about 10km over the set speed it switches off!
How about fixing that problem first!!!
ssco00
not rated yet Jul 29, 2010
I have found that the secret to comfort on a long trip is a seat that is supportive and well adjustable. That should be backed up with a tilt and telescope steering wheel. I have ridden in one of the last really large Cadillacs with soft, cushy seats that probably felt luxurious in the showroom (and the whole point it to sell them) but after about a half hour on the road was nearly torture. I drive a Volvo and have driven it over 800 miles in a day with never a trace of discomfort. It is not gimmicks that are needed, only sound design and construction, also a little experimenting to find the settings that work for you.
Jigga
2.3 / 5 (3) Jul 29, 2010
Vitamin C is prone to oxidation, especially in the solution and its aerosol would keep a layer of oily dust onto inner surface of automobile, which would destroy the electronics inside (ascorbic acid is corrosive).
Javinator
5 / 5 (1) Jul 30, 2010
Really? The cruise control doesn't do that now


Actually cars with this type of cruise control have been around for a little while now: http://en.wikiped...l_system
Eikka
not rated yet Aug 01, 2010

That's a HEAP LOAD of stuff that goes away with a pure EV... Lots of stuff that can no longer break, wear down or require incessant fluid changes.


Just FYI, you still need vacuum pumps in an electric car to power the hydraulic brake systems, and you need (liquid) cooling systems to keep the power electronics and batteries from overheating just the same, and you need fluids and pipes and pumps for air conditioning etc. The only thing you'll (not) miss is engine oil changes.

Only the golfcart type of EVs are simple and powerless enough to not require 90% of the parts a regular car would.
Dually
not rated yet Aug 01, 2010
I didn't realize cars needed vacuum pumps. I thought they simply harvest manifold vacuum except in cases where the engine is turbo or super charged.
Dually
not rated yet Aug 01, 2010
I think that radar smart cruise is a great idea, it really takes a lot of the work out of driving. Especially if you can specify your following distance in seconds and manually adjust for road conditions, weight of load, etc. I certainly wish there were more ubiquitous aftermarket options on that.

They can't be dialed in to sensitively though, or that can result in a kind of throttle "hobby horsing" effect.