BRUCE GAIN

A Nissan concept to watch

FRANKFURT -- Nissan took infotainment connectivity to a new level by unveiling a wristwatch at the Frankfurt auto show that communicates with a car.

The Nismo "smartwatch" receives data from a vehicle and separately records the driver's biometric reactions.

The data the watch offers include:

• average speed and fuel consumption

• car performance

• the driver's heart rate and fatigue

• the drive's level of concentration

• skin temperature, which can indicate hydration levels.

The watch can transfer the data to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other social networking applications with a Bluetooth link to a smart phone.

Producing the watch is a very simple process. The difficult part of the design has already been completed by getting the electronic and software to work when attached by wires to pilots of Nissan Nismo race cars, Gareth Dunsmore, Nissan Europe's marketing communications general manager, told me.

Depending on interest levels among potential buyers, Nissan could begin selling the watch next year, Dunsmore said.

You can reach Bruce Gain at bgain@crain.com

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