Telenor Connexion and Nissan Motors recently announced that the Nissan LEAF system marketed as Nissan Connect and powered by CARWINGS has been awarded the Global Mobile Awards 2011 prize for the “Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive and Transport” at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards offer organizations across the global mobile ecosystem the chance to display the latest and best mobile products, services and initiatives to the world. The “Information and Communication Technology system (ICT) for electric vehicles” won the award that honors innovation and excellence in mobile communications.
The telematics service is found in the all-new Nissan LEAF, launched in the United States and Japan in December 2010 and will go on sale in Europe this quarter.
ICT helps deliver greater convenience, comfort and security for Nissan LEAF owners. It also provides real-world data that are valuable in achieving a low-carbon society in the future. Nissan LEAF owners, with the ICT system, are always connected to the data and information they need to optimize their EV experience.
The NISSAN CARWINGS Data Center, an information control center, communicates with the car navigation system through the onboard Telematics Communication Unit (TCU).
ICT has features unique to EVs, including EV battery condition and usage history. Also available is the remote control for climate control and battery charging. The ICT can be accessed by a dedicated website for EV owners, via smart phones, mobile phones and computers to manage energy use.
In vehicles, even the smallest of details can result in remarkable effects. The front of the Nissan LEAF has a style that displays an upright and sharp V-shaped design that has the up-slanting, long light-emitting diode headlights. These headlights utilize a blue internal reflective design as if to say that the car is special. However, the headlights are not limited to making a statement. The headlights have been designed to skillfully split and then redirect the airflow away from the mirrors on the doors which helps in lowering the drag and wind noise.
It does not stop there as the headlights offer another advantage which is that it uses 10% of the electricity that is consumed by most standard lamps. This allows the Nissan LEAF attain a world-class range autonomy. Meanwhile the use of bright trim colors on the interior give the Nissan LEAF a stylish and pleasing environment. Its blue earth color theme gives it an environment-friendly feel. This has its origins in the body color of the introductory model which is Aqua Globe.
The color motif goes all throughout the interior from the highlights on the blue dashboard to the instrument illumination. The new LEAF also makes use of an advanced IT system, and since it is linked to a global data center, it can supply the driver with entertainment, information, and support for 24 hours a day. A monitor mounted on the dashboard shows the remaining power in the LEAF, also known as "reachable area."
This monitor also displays a choice of charging stations in the immediate area. There is also an innovative feature in the LEAF where the driver can use a mobile phone to set the charging functions and even turn on its air conditioning. It can do this even if the vehicle is currently powered down. There is also an on-board remote-controlled timer which can be pre-programmed in order to recharge its batteries.
Chief Product Specialist Tooru ABE shares that one significant advantage of the LEAF Is the IT system. ABE adds that the company wanted this vehicle to serve as a partner for the driver while enhancing it for the passengers. In addition, Nissan also wanted a vehicle that would start a zero-emission community, he continues, and by adding IT features ensure that it will be a possibility.