By Steve & Tamami Laser
The clever folks at Nissan Europe have been burning the midnight oil lately. So to keep everyone on their toes, they’ve come up with a unique “crossover office workstation” fitted with in-car technology adapted from the Nissan Qashqai.
Ever suffered a drop in productivity at work? Fallen asleep at your desk? Or missed out on the morning coffee run? Well that could all be a thing of the past says Nissan. The prototype crossover workstation was created following an observation by an engineer at Nissan’s European Technical Center, that the car’s technology could boost productivity in the workplace. (We’re wondering if he’s the guy sound asleep in the photo?)
Inspired by Nissan engineers who worked on development of the Qashqai, the workstation features the principles of the Around View Monitor (AVM), Moving Object Detection (MOD), and Driver Attention Alert (DAA). The workstation also comes complete with the Qashqai’s NASA-inspired spinal seat that provides continuous support of the pelvis, lumbar, vertebrae and chest.
Nissan’s Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection help workers stay one step ahead of their colleagues, while the addition of the vehicle’s Driver Attention Alert helps prevent any loss of concentration and the occasional mid-afternoon lull in productivity. (video: Nissan Newsroom Europe)
“Admittedly the Qashqai desk is a bit of fun, but it ably demonstrates the crossover potential of our technologies to help make people’s lives easier,” said David Moss, Vice President at Nissan’s European Technical Center.
“As cars become more connected, this technology is finding uses outside of our vehicles,” said Moss. “Another recent example of this has seen Nissan provide our AVM technology to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and Top Industries Ltd., in a project that may help uncover the mysteries of the oceans.”
Here’s how the technology works in Nissan’s prototype workstation:
Around View Monitor – Activated by clicking on the reverse gear icon, office workers can benefit from a 360⁰ view around their desk.
Moving Object Detection – An audible beep will sound when a colleague approaches the desk from any direction up to a five meter radius.
Driver Attention Alert – Sensors in the keyboard and mouse monitor levels of productivity; if no activity is detected after the programmed time (this can be set to any length of time e.g. five seconds or 50 minutes) a visible and audible cue are deployed.
“There aren’t currently plans to put the workstation into production, but you never know!” added Moss.
Here’s how the technology works in the Nissan Qashqai:
Around View Monitor – Designed to assist with parking, AVM provides a virtual 360⁰ overview of the car from a bird’s-eye view as pictured from above. The technology helps drivers visually confirm the vehicle’s position relative to parking spaces and adjacent objects to maneuver into parking spots more easily.
Moving Object Detection – Combines front and rear parking sensors, which deliver audible warnings to the driver when maneuvering – with a visual display accessible via the Qashqai’s dashboard combimeter – to help the driver to detect obstacles around the vehicle while parking or moving slowly.
Driver Attention Alert – The Qashqai learns your driving style so that it can tell when you are getting drowsy. After learning driver patterns, the system will monitor driving inputs, flashing an alert (a coffee cup symbol) on the dashboard if steering becomes erratic, indicating that the driver should take a break.
Nissan has built more than 2 million Qashqai in Sunderland
If you’re not familiar with this Nissan, you might be thinking, “What is the Qashqai?” It’s a compact crossover that looks similar to the Nissan Rogue (or X-Trail) yet it’s a bit smaller. It’s also extremely popular. Last year, the 2 millionth Qashqai rolled off the line at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, UK.
Designed and engineered in Europe, the latest Qashqai was conceived by Nissan at Nissan Design Europe (London, UK) and Nissan Technical Center Europe (Cranfield, UK and Barcelona, Spain). Extensive input also came from Nissan’s designers and engineers in Atsugi, Japan.
Nissan says it has invested more than £534 million ($850 million) in the design, development and production of Qashqai in the UK, which created a new segment following its launch in 2006. Eighty-five percent of the 2 million Qashqais made in Sunderland have been exported to 132 international markets – from the Congo to Qatar. (video: Nissan Newsroom)
For more information about Qashqai, visit the Nissan Europe website.
Qashqai product information applies to models sold in Europe and is subject to change without notice
News source, photos and videos courtesy of Nissan Europe
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