Nissan Asks LEAF Owners to help Track Charging Stations
If you drive a Nissan LEAF, then Royal Nissan, serving Baton Rouge, has some good news for you. In Japan, Nissan is testing a new method for drivers to track and share charge station locations with each other, and they may opt to deploy the system in other markets soon.
So how does it work? Simply put, when a driver connects their Nissan LEAF to a charge station, the navigation system uploads the vehicle's location to a database. There, it's noted that the vehicle was successfully charged and will update other users' charging station maps with the new location. It's brilliant idea that's sure to make the lives of LEAF owners around the world much easier when it's released in its final form.
Of course, no system is perfect, which is why Nissan is trying to work out as many kinks as possible early on. For instance, the Japanese automaker is working on a method to distinguish between a Nissan LEAF charging at a private location (i.e., home or a friend's house) and a public one. After all, LEAF owners probably wouldn't be pleased if countless other drivers suddenly started showing up at their home expecting a charge.
Another point that Nissan should touch upon is the issue of privacy. Not every driver may want engage in this new system, as it does actively track the location of their LEAF. We honestly wouldn't be surprised if Nissan decided to release the final version this new system with some sort of opt-out feature.
And with that, Royal Nissan, conveniently located at 9325 Airline Highway Baton Rouge, LA, invites you to stay tuned for more information on this exciting new technology. [INFO] http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/24/nissan-is-watching-you-ev-charge-points-tracked-and-shared/