Nissan integrates tablet as dashboard in new concept car

by Doug Drinkwater

September 13 2012

The Nissan Terra SUV concept car will debut in Paris later this month
The Nissan Terra SUV concept car will debut in Paris later this month

Nissan is using a tablet as an instrumental panel inside its new Terra SUV concept car, which is due to debut at the Paris Motor Show on September 27.

The innovative concept car bears a striking resemblance to the Nissan Juke but uses three electric motors to drive the wheels and offers a hydrogen fuel cell stack to generate electricity.

Keeping with the forward-thinking design and Nissan has equipped the car with a removable tablet. Drivers have to dock the tablet in the car so that the vehicle can be driven, after which the slate shows a speedometer and energy usage.

The driver can also use the tablet for infotainment purposes, although the tablet will continue to display information like the car’s speed in a side-by-side display format.

Car manufacturers have increasingly turned to tablets in recent months. Renault showed a tablet GPS system at LeWeb conference in Paris last December, while both Kia and Cadillac have been offering free tablets as an incentive for customers to buy their cars.

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