Nissan seeking smartwatch supremacy

Nissan seeking smartwatch supremacy

Nissan has entered the new "battleground for car manufacturers" by launching a smartwatch that monitors the performance of both the user and their car.

The new Nissan Nismo measures heart rate, temperature and other biometrics but - different from the new Samsung Galaxy Gear and Sony's Smartwatch 2 - also allows users to keep an eye on their car's performance, such as its average speeds and fuel consumption.

This could become a useful tool in analysing motoring costs such as fuel andcar insurance .

Now the watch has triggered experts to suggest it will be an important step towards greater connectivity in cars.

Chas Hallett, editor-in-chief of What Car? said: "Connectivity is the new battleground for car manufacturers". He added: "In-car internet is coming and now with consumer electronics focusing on watch-based connections, Nissan is getting ahead of the game and joining the two together very cleverly."

The Nismo watch, which is to be launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month, is connected to the car's on-board computer and allows users to monitor vehicle telematics and performance data. The gadget will also relay tailored messages from Nissan to the driver.

Gareth Dunsmore, marketing communications general manager at Nissan Europe said that wearable technology is fast-becoming the next big thing, and Nissan is taking advantage of the latest in innovative technology.

Copyright Press Association 2013