Ever dozed off at the wheel? Buy an upcoming Mitsubishi plug-in hybrid, and you’ll get a not quite rude, but nonetheless resolute awakening.
Put yourself in my shoes. Once a year, in November, I head (well, used to head) to Key West for the Offshore World Cup. After a long flight, I pick up a car in Miami, usually late at night after a flight around half of the world, and I keep forgetting how long a hike it is to Key West. Especially when jetlagged.
Now with a Mitsubishi hybrid, I could save the money spent on NoDoz and macho-sounding energy drinks. When I nod off, the car would spray a citrus-based mist in my face, along with “other fragrances that are said to have a waking effect,” as The Nikkei [sub] reports without a more detailed specification of the fragrance. To fully alert me, my steering wheel and my seat would vibrate. Now that would get my attention
Mitsu’s reawakening will come pre-installed in luxury models of a plug-in hybrid to be rolled out in 2013. How will it work?
A camera built into the upper part of the steering wheel constantly follows the movements of my eyes. Once I develop a zombie-like blank stare, indicated by my eyes not moving for a certain period of time, the anti-zzzzzz alarm will be set off. No word whether the computer will detect sleeper agents and report them to the FBI.
The computer has more tricks up its sleeves. Ultra-wide-angle cameras in the four corners of the car will be on the look-out for approaching vehicles or pedestrians. Could someone please tell me why the thing can’t navigate US-1 on its own so that I can catch a few hours of sleep before the 7am driver’s meeting?