A new air-conditioning system which stops bad smells from getting inside a car has been launched by Japanese automaker Nissan.
The “Forest AC” uses odor sensors on the outside of the vehicle. When the sensors detect an offensive whiff, the system automatically shuts the intake vents to stop the air from getting in. It can then release a unique aroma made from essential plant oils that is designed to both relax and keep drivers alert. Once the sensors no longer detect the offensive odor outside, the vents reopen to allow fresh air in.
According to the company, this is the first automotive system in the world created to make driving more comfortable based on studies of drivers’ mental activity.
It is set to be released on the Nissan Fuga, a full-size luxury car, which goes on sale later this year in Japan.