Nissan to Introduce CARWINGS Telematics Service to Monitor and Analyze Individual Vehicle Fuel-Efficiency
|CARWINGS web display of a driver’s average fuel efficiency and ranking. Click to enlarge.|
Nissan Motor Co. will introduce a new telematics service it calls CARWINGS specifically designed to educate and raise awareness amongst drivers on the impact of day-to-day driving habits on their vehicle’s fuel consumption average.
The new service will provide drivers with data on their average fuel-consumption according to day-to-day driving habits, and allows drivers to track and monitor improvements to their eco-driving skills over a period of time. CARWINGS is currently available only in Japan.
The system can calculate the average fuel efficiency performance of each vehicle equipped with CARWINGS through data sent directly to the CARWINGS Center, where the data can be retrieved on the member’s personalized webpage.
CARWINGS is designed to challenge the driver to improve on their eco-driving skills through a monthly fuel-efficiency ranking. Reminding the driver to drive in a more environment-friendly manner the system provides information on their past monthly averages, as well as weekly performance indicators.
CARWINGS members gain category rankings based on their average fuel efficiency in the previous month. Their average score can be compared with the average of other CARWINGS members of the same vehicle model, as shown in an easy-to-understand graph.
The Website indicates fuel efficiency for the previous week compared with the average from the previous month, with weekly tips on how to achieve higher efficiency. The site also provides a graph that maps distance traveled against fuel consumption over the previous 30 days to help members to improve fuel efficiency.
The service will be available on factory-installed optional DVD navigation systems offered on the Fuga, Tiida, Latio, Serena, Lafesta, Wingroad, Note, Sylphy, Presage (after May 2006 refresh). For factory-installed optional HDD navigation systems, introduction is scheduled in mid-2007.