Just About Every Surface Inside Nissan's Concept Car Is a Screen Display

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Seats, headrests, the entire dashboard—these are just some of the surfaces Nissan is covering with screen displays in their new concept car. We’re already glued to phones and computers already, so why not fry our eyes in front of pixels as car passengers, as well?

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This concept car from Nissan is called “Teatro for Dayz,” and will debut at the 44th annual Tokyo Motor Show, which kicks off October 30. It’s just a concept car, so it’s not anything that’s actually happening—for now, at least. It’s just supposed to get us thinking about what cars in the future could look like.

Yokohama-based Nissan said in a press release: “Designed especially for the digital native generation, this vision of near-future vehicles departs from convention and marks a shift in perception.” When the car is in drive mode, a bunch of useful displays pop up on a white surface. But when the car’s parked, nearly every flat surface lights up like a technicolor acid trip in a Ford-era discotheque.

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Nissan says that the driver can hide unnecessary information on the screen and adjust the size of displays like gauges and maps. In park mode, the colors and designs of the displays are fully customizable, as seen below. There are even LED screens on the outside of the vehicle that broadcast your creativity to fellow motorists. The idea is for the car to be “a versatile tool for creativity like a smartphone.”

My life is 90% screens at this point anyway. Up next: LED shower curtains?

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[Nissan via IT World and Japan Times]

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AyeAyeCapn
AyeAyeCapn

I’ve mentioned this in relation to the giant touch screens in Teslas and other vehicles, but I worry that carmakers are engineering away the use of every other sense except sight from the driving experience.

I don’t want this to sound like a “back in my day!” kind of thing, but consider that the more things that rely on sight to deal with, the less time eyes are on the road focusing on driving and road conditions.

Touch - less direct connection between the wheels and the steering means I can’t feel shimmies as much to correct steering. Electric vehicles don’t vibrate the same as ICE drivetrains, so its harder to “feel” if something is off.

Sound - quieter cabins and electric engines means its much harder to hear the engine note and if anything might be off.

Smell - electric engines don’t burn oil or need radiator fluid so I can’t smell to see if there may be an issue. Granted, electrics don’t have those things to go wrong, but it’s still one fewer sense I can use.

Taste - I will still lick my steering wheel the same as I do with every car, so this one is OK.

All these innovations are good for reliability, safety, etc, but more and more if I can’t SEE what is happening, I just can’t operate a vehicle. That means taking my eyes of the road, and that is a safety risk.