Nissan decided to collect … the Driver’s Sweat!!

Driver's Sweat, Nissan

Why do you need to drink water while driving? Because the lack of fluid in the body of a driver is just as dangerous as driving a car in a state of intoxication!

To pay attention to this problem, the Japanese company Nissan together with the Dutch design bureau Droog has developed a special coating for the steering wheel and seats, which can determine the lack of fluid in the human body.

The coating was called SOAK, and the principle of its action is quite simple and obvious: if the chemical composition of sweat indicates dehydration, the coating immediately turns yellow.

In such an extraordinary way, you can warn the driver that it’s time to drink water.

This is especially true in connection with the fact that two-thirds of drivers do not know how to recognize such simple symptoms of dehydration as dry mouth, headache and dizziness, as well as a significant slowing of the reaction.

For example, the number of mistakes made by drivers with a lack of fluid in the body is similar to that in the blood of 0.08% alcohol!

A recent study by the University of Loughborough (UK) showed that a person who consumes only 25 milliliters of water per hour, on average, allows twice as many mistakes behind the wheel as compared to a driver who does not suffer from dehydration.

The lack of water leads to the fact that drivers too late pressed the brake pedal, reacted late to emergency situations and did not observe the distance.

By the way, drinking enough water is useful not only for drivers – people who drink about 0.5 liters of water before performing some kind of mental tasks that require concentration, cope with them 14% better than those who did not.

True, there are no plans to apply the SOAK coating on Nissan production cars yet.

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