Nissan Uses Driver Competition to Enhance LEAF Efficiency

Carwings system connects all Nissan Leafs to a network, wirelessly feeding their energy economy statistics to a central server.

Published: 29-Dec-2010

Nissan Leaf owners with a competitive streak will be happy to learn that the electric car has a wirelessly connected ranking system for driving efficiency.

Nissan’s Carwings system connects all Nissan Leafs to a network, wirelessly feeding their energy economy statistics to a central server. The “Regional Rankings” system compares the driver’s energy economy to other Leaf drivers in the region, and the winner receives a nifty gold trophy icon on the Carwings dashboard control center. The second, third and fourth place winners can also win a place on the graphical podium, receiving icons depicting gold, silver and bronze medals.

Originally available in Japan, the Carwings connected system uses crowdsourcing to enhance fuel economy, displaying real-time traffic predictions using data compiled from other Carwings users. Similar to GM’s OnStar, the system features a live operator system offering 24-hour driver support.

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