Range Predicting App From Nissan Accounts for Terrain

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

To help combat range anxiety, Nissan has released a new smart phone app that will be available to owners of the Leaf that helps to more precisely predict battery usage and range.

Utilizing a precision electricity consumption simulator, the app can predict exactly how much power will be used on any route that you program into it. Factors such as ascending and descending on hills, highway versus city driving and air conditioning will then be calculated to predict exactly how much energy will be used on the journey. Accessible charging station can also be found and displayed using the app.

Once the route has been calculated, the app will display to the driver exactly how much battery life will be left once their destination has been reached. Nissan is also working at incorporating this technology directly into the cars navigation system.

This app function is now available in Japan, and is being developed for use in Canada and the U.S.

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

More by Stephen Elmer

Comments
Join the conversation
 3 comments
  • Stu P. Stu P. on Jul 05, 2012

    LOL so... anyone else notice that the car is parked illegally in the picture. #FAIL

    • StephC StephC on Jul 06, 2012

      It looks like there are specific hours posted on the sign. Do you know what time the photo was taken?

Next