By Kingsley Dunwick –
New York, NY – Nintendo Co., Ltd and Honda of North America held a joint press conference today to announce their new in-car workout program. They have hopes to turn idle time stuck in traffic, into productive workout time.
The new program will leverage a modified version of Nintendo’s existing Wii Fit title, and will be offered exclusively in the Honda Fit for the 2010 model year. If the program goes well, they have hopes to extend the program into other models. Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo said “I am excited about this new opportunity, as the Honda Fit seemed like the right fit for this Wii Fit project”. Iwata went on to say “American’s are fat, and we are trying to do everything we can think of to help”.
The project concept will use a modified Wiimote controller built into the steering wheel, a balance board built into the driver’s seat, and be displayed on the existing in-dash monitor. The driver will be able to participate in several activities designed to mimic various exercises. The system will start as soon as the car senses that it has hit traffic and allow the driver to begin their workout. As the car speeds up, the program will automatically pause, and resume again when the car slows down.
Pricing and release dates are not yet confirmed, but we expect to see a working prototype at the Geneva auto show this fall.