January 18, 2008

Nissan Forum Concept Minivan Has Fist-Sized Time Out Button


Holy Guacamole, Batman! While VW sent their engineers to Malibu to study American driving culture, Nissan sent theirs to the Woodfield Mall. The result [seen here entering the wormhole at the Detroit Auto Show] was the Nissan Forum Concept.

Jalopnik's got the photographic evidence of this stunt minivan, which actually does not look too dissimilar to the Darth Vader-ish love minivans that Nissan sells to yakuza wannabes in Japan. But get this: the Forum sports a microwave ["for heating up baby's drinks" (?! watch that)], an in-roof nanny cam, and a gigantic "Time Out" button in the center of the steering wheel that interrupts all the various rear seat audio/video sources and activates the front seat microphone for dispensing parental justice.

It looks to me like the seats don't have LATCH, though, and the Jalopnik gang has already built consensus around a changing table that folds down from the back of the third row seats. Apparently, people are tired of changing their kids diapers in the trunk. Go figure.

Check out Jalopnik's photo coverage and video tour of the Nissan Forum Concept [jalopnik]


What they really need is some suction cups, long rubber tubing and some nipples for breast-feeding-while-you-drive action.

Don't mind me. Everyone here is sick (including me) and I'm operating on about 4 hrs sleep last night.

[We had that the last couple of days and it sucked. And by "that", I mean everyone sick, not breastpump-equipped minivans -ed.]

So now we're so technologically advanced that we can't just reach over the seat and give the kids a smack?

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