Nissan
is putting a new spin on the term "Smart car." Best known as Daimler AG's two-seat minicar badge, the adjective can also be used to describe one particular Seattle-area Nissan Leaf. Owner Rob Greenlee was notified by his local Nissan dealer that his 2011 Leaf had an issue with one of its battery cells after the vehicle's Carwings navigation system communicated the problem to the dealer, Green Car Reports says.

Greenlee, who himself didn't see any sort of vehicle-instrument notification of the problem on the dashboard, had about 17,000 miles on the car and said the two-week repair was covered under Nissan's warranty.

The report marks a bit of bright news for Nissan and its Carwings feature. Late last year, Nissan reported connectivity issues between the vehicles and the drivers' smartphones, which are sometimes used to remotely charge the vehicles or control the car's temperature systems.


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      Ford Future
      • 1 Day Ago
      This gives me more confidence in the Leaf. Nissan will fix bad cells under warranty.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Day Ago
      @joeviocoe when is nissan suppose to bring nmc batteries.
      Actionable Mango
      • 1 Day Ago
      I would still want the notification myself. What if the dealer sucks? What if it is the communication system itself that doesn't work? What if you live in an area with no coverage?
      raktmn
      • 1 Day Ago
      That sounds like a pretty evil way to forever tie you to a dealership. I want to be the first one to know there is a problem with my car, not my car dealership. If there is something wrong, I want the warning sent to me, or to show up on the dash. Or to show up in a diagnostic screen somewhere. I can see real potential for this being abused by dealerships.
        Ford Future
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        i see you're point, but the only one who can fix or replace Leaf battery cells, is a Nissan dealer.
        paulwesterberg
        • 1 Day Ago
        @raktmn
        Owners can turn off vehicle information transmission if they want to.
      onyerleft
      • 1 Day Ago
      I don't know why Greelee would be surprised, unless he was stupid enough to not read the full disclosure that Nissan provides with the (voluntary) Carwings program. A non-issue.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      I'm glad my cars don't tattle on me!
      noevfud
      • 1 Day Ago
      This is nothing news, and how does this become news since there has never been an issue with MFG data getting to the servers? I really wish ABG would educate themselves before scavenging to find something to write about. In the meantime there are piles of good unreported green car news waiting for someone that can put a small bit of effort into looking. I love how you guys make a "story" out of positioning one non event against another boring topic. On this path you should be able to post every five minutes about every EV out there. Perhaps a weekly post on Carwings vs Onstar issues? Please try to provide more than the typical filler.
      RC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs beautifying.
      JPWhite
      • 1 Day Ago
      Good news. Nissan proactively fixed a car before the owner was aware or inconvenienced by a break down or non-starting vehicle. All fixed for free under warranty. This is awesome. Bad News. Took two weeks to fix the problem. Modern EV's are a challenge to traditional mechanics. EV Manufacturers need to get better at the fixing of the cars as well as the building of them.
      chanonissan
      • 1 Day Ago
      This is not surprising, because if people should remember in 2004, when nissan reported they have away of getting EV to communicate with them VIA GPS. Alot of these info is hidden, but I knew along nissan had info long go and was monitoring all the leafs performance all the time. nissan reported their smart hybrid vehicle http://wardsauto.com/news-amp-analysis/nissan-tests-smart-hybrid-vehicle
        chanonissan
        • 1 Day Ago
        @chanonissan
        How GPS Works Radio signals are sent from orbiting satellites to earth. GPS receivers on the ground can collect and convert the radio signals into position, velocity, and time information. Some GPS receivers have the ability to store attribute information in addition to position information. Examples of attribute information are the condition of a street sign, the name of a road, or the condition of a fire hydrant. Position and attribute information can be stored in a Geographic Information System (GIS) to help users manage their assets more efficiently. (from NASA: http://gpshome.ssc.nasa.gov/) So GPS is not just a locator. it tells the speed, distance travel and etc.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @chanonissan
          cellular service cannot give a direct location, it can only tell the area based on cell towers, neither can it give accurate speed or distance or time etc, GPS can do all, the cellar service depends on data from GPS devices (phone or gps navigation unit) to tell exact location, time and speed,etc, and the satellite transmit data to the phone via gps,one device transmit information to another is called communication, so it is communication via GPS.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @chanonissan
          that where you are wrong, Joeviocoe, nissan have been using phone GPS and car GPS to reveal your location and time distance, speed ETC. http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/TECHNOLOGY/OVERVIEW/gps_mobile_its.html
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @chanonissan
          Okay, misunderstanding since your first comment stated, "they have away of getting EV to communicate with them VIA GPS. ". VIA GPS means their communication would travel through those satellites. And no, I did not suggest they need your cell phone number... telematics use a variety of low priority cellular signals... GPRS or some others. Nothing that would require a dedicated service that costs a lot of money.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @chanonissan
          I am not arguing what a GPS "Receiver" can do. It can store data in memory, receive accurate clock time and thus calculate speed, distances, etc. The receiver that is in your car or in your phone, is NOT capable of any transmissions to the GPS (the satellite)... and thus, not capable of revealing your location, speed, distance, etc.... to Nissan or anybody. The Carwings systems, and any other OnStar capable system, relies on a basic cellular service.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @chanonissan
          and one last thing when imformation is sent from one device to another that is call communication.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @chanonissan
          oh is see you are of the understanding that all the info travel thru the GPS satellite, , I never said that i said via gps, Gps collect your locaton, speed , distance time, nissan does not need your phone number, it only need your gps phone on,or it needs your car gps, then it read the data from the phone or car via celluar, fm wave , radio wave, the data was provided via the gps.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Day Ago
        @chanonissan
        there is no way to communicate "via GPS". Those satellites are strictly one way beacons. Vehicle telematics use cellular towers... and that is enough to communicate. The GPS is used as a locator, yes, but not as a channel for communication. This has been known for decades with OnStar!
          chanonissan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          AS YOU SHALL LEARN JAPAN GPS DOES NOT FOLLOW GLOBAL STANDARD, ANY WAY TELEMATICS USES CELLAUR TOWER BUT PART OF NISSAN COMMUNICATION IS VIA GPS.
          chanonissan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          HOW VICS SYSTEM TRANSMIT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Information_and_Communication_System THIS TELL YOU HOW JAPAN VICS OPERATE USING GPS http://www.accessj.com/2012/08/vics-vehical-information-and.html
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          read your own links... VICS has NOTHING to do with Satellite communications. http://www.vics.or.jp/english/vics/index.html GPS uses satellites... no matter how you translate it from any language (even Japanese) And VICS does NOT use satellites. The whole system may include a GPS "RECEIVER"... but that is an additional input... and NOT A CHANNEL FOR COMMUNICATIONS! THERE IS NO COMMUNICATIONS VIA GPS ... (I can use all caps too)
          chanonissan
          • 1 Day Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          i would urge you to read the 2004 ARTICLE before commenting nissan said navigation, and navigation uses GPS Using a Tino hybrid vehicle, Nissan engineers plugged data from the vehicle’s navigation system – including real-time traffic data from Japan’s Vehicle Information and Communication System (VICS) – to determine the topographical layout of the road, as well as traffic flow. The data compiled by the navigation unit and sent to the powertrain control system includes: road classification (whether it is an expressway, 2-lane, etc.), congestion level (as determined by the data supplied by VICS), road grade and exact distance of section of road measured.
      bluepongo1
      • 1 Day Ago
      Nissan: now with Skynet OS ;)
      • 1 Day Ago
      Thanks for the article discussing my Leaf battery experience. My last name is spelled "Greenlee". Rob
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