New Nissan Nav Disses Drink Drivers

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
new nissan nav disses drink drivers

Owners of cars with built-in navigation systems are familiar with the legal disclaimer screen, which indemnifies the manufacturer if the unit distracts you to death. Nissan plans to expand this e-hectoring with a start-up screen reminding drivers not to drink and drive. According to a press release on WebWire, "the alert 'Do not drive after drinking' appears automatically for about five seconds on the navigation panel between the hours of 17:30 and 05:00 at the start of the ignition. In the daytime i.e. between 05:00 and 17:30 hours, the display message reads 'Let’s continue safe driving today.'" The new Nannying– featured on their way cool CARWINGS nav system– is a Japan-only deal. For now. Nissan also says it intends to "widen its use of technology to address the hazards of drink-driving." Could a breathalyzer ignition lock be in Nissan drivers' future?

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  • Kazoomaloo Kazoomaloo on Feb 01, 2008

    Breathalyzer ignition locks pretty much rule imho. I think they should be mandated for anyone who's had a drunk (or drink if your British) driving conviction within the last, oh, 5 years or something. If they became standard equipment on all cars I wouldn't boo-hoo.

  • Nocaster Nocaster on Feb 01, 2008

    Why not have it refuse to start when it sees that you have been parked in front of a bar for n number of minutes.

  • Ihatetrees Ihatetrees on Feb 01, 2008

    If a 5 year old breathalyzer ignition lock craps out, I wonder how long and how much it'll be to diagnose and fix.

  • CRacK hEaD aLLeY CRacK hEaD aLLeY on Feb 01, 2008

    You mean, they do not offer to carry advertisment on the screen yet? I can see how in very short there will be an option on lease contracts where the monthly payments will rediced by, say 10% go from $245/mo. to $220/mo. if you check the ( ) where it says "I agree on select advertisement on my navigationa screen". It is sooo obvious I do not know why marketers have not acted on it. Just think about it... you are drivinga nd looking for a hotel... how much would Radisson pay to have a logo blinking in your Nav screen over the Best Western accross the street? I am heading to the nearest Ford dealer to get my Ranger with a bench seat, stick shift and no Nav before it is too late lol.