Nissan’s New Seat Technology Will Tell You If You’re Dehydrated

It’s one of the worst feelings to get in your car on a hot summer day and feel the sweat in the seat of your car. But Nissan wants to take it farther and make your seats and steering wheel change colors based on your sweat. The thought is with the new technology, your car could tell you whether or not you’re dehydrated, so you can drink more water and continue driving fully alert, according to The Drive.

A Nissan designer created the Nissan Juke SOAK, which is an acronym for “sweat sensitive textile coating.” Basically, the seats have sweat-sensitive material that lets you know your hydration levels by changing colors. Nissan claims that dehydrated driving effects reaction time and overall alertness so much that it can be as bad as driving under the influence. The data comes from a study done in London in 2015. The claim is that if your car prompts you to drink more water while driving, it makes you a safer driver. We’ll see if this technology ever makes it to production. What do you think?

Make suure you tune into this week’s PowerNation as all four shops have real world practical tech you can use, plus Katie will feature one red hot gorgeous custom ’54 Vette that was a 2017 Ridler Great 8 award winner. Owner-builder Larry Griffey of Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations will share his vision of the “motor-rama” Corvette he thought GM should have built.

In a 6 year labor of love, he did lots of body modifications to get the stance he wanted and dropped in an LS-1 with an Edelbrock supercharger making around 580 horsepower. That striking color is a three-stage Matrix paint called “Soul Red”. Pro Auto Interiors handled the interior and it is, of course, Great 8 quality. He named it “Transitions” because of all the changes it’s been thought. By the way, this is Larry’s 2nd Ridler Great 8 award winner, amazing work for a small Knoxville, Tennessee shop!