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Nissan's Townpod concept looks almost cartoon-like from the front
The steering wheel has two mechanical switches (lights and wipers), the only switches on the dash. All other functionality is controlled by the two touch screens
The Townpod has planty of access
The Townpod has a very clean dash with controls for climate control and media playback accessed through the two centrally mounted digital screens. The upper monitor serves as an instrument panel, displaying car speed, battery status and remaining range as well as a satellite navigation system.
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The lower touchscreen provides all controls for the navigation system, allows users to perform system checks on the whole car and operates Nissan Townpod's audio system.
Note how two Pucks have been used to support a small tabletop - Nissan holds the tiny rubber balls in high regard for their utility
The Townpod system is also equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology, allowing it to communicate with the driver's Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).
One of the more interesting concepts at the Paris Auto Show which opened yesterday is Nissan's TownPod. Instead of being specifically tailored to the needs of a clearly defined target audience, the Townpod is essentially a blank canvas designed to be adapted to suit the needs of all those individuals who are so individual they are hard to categorize. It's flexible interior is very clever, and being a plug-in electric vehicle, it will have zero local emissions and be cheap to run should it ever see a showroom.
Read the full article: Nissan Townpod provides flexibility of purpose and a blank canvas for personalization
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