Late last week, Airbiquity and Hitachi Automotive Systems introduced a connected services technology system for electric vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The system, which debuted in the Nissan Leaf, assists drivers in searching for nearby charging stations and can even plot routes that avoid range-depleting routes with steep inclines.
The system connects vehicles – via a global cloud operated by Airbiquity – directly with Nissan. Data from each Leaf is transmitted to the automaker, allowing Nissan to monitor vehicle parameters such as battery performance, charger usage and other vehicle-related details. While the collection of this data should assist Nissan in the development and production of its future electric vehicles, there seems to be a slight degree of concern that monitoring driving habits imposes upon driver's privacy. For this reason, Airbiquity has chosen to allow Leaf owners to opt out of its connectivity service.