Nissan Developing iPhone Application to Monitor Electric Car Battery Charge

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    PC World reports that Nissan is developing an iPhone application that will be able to interface with the company's forthcoming electric car, allowing drivers to remotely view the charge state of their car's battery.
    The application also allows for reporting of the internal temperature of the vehicle and allows users to activate the air conditioning system remotely so that the vehicle reaches a comfortable temperature by the time the driver arrives at his or her vehicle. The feature also allows the vehicle to take advantage of an external power source for air conditioning if the vehicle is charging at the time, shifting the power burden for the initial cooling off of the vehicle's internal battery.
    Nissan's electric car will be unveiled next Sunday and is scheduled for a 2010 launch in North American and Japan.

    Article Link: Nissan Developing iPhone Application to Monitor Electric Car Battery Charge
  2. toughluck macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2009
    Austin, Texas
    Sounds like some james bond ****. i wonder if how you make it know its your car? or if it can be remotely accessed by someone who knows the cars serial or something. i hope they are making it safe even though the only thing i can think of someone doing is making the car really cold on a cold day... how scandalous!!!
  3. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Interesting app; now, if only I could get my hands on the Nissan electric car....:p:p:p
  4. MacFly123 macrumors 68020

    Dec 25, 2006
    Sounds pretty cool. I am pretty excited to buy an electric car. There are only a couple things that bother me.

    1) These cars are already capable of well beyond 100 miles and I want to see the range increase. I don't want to have to own a second gas car just to go on a trip or something.
    2) Obama is probably going to tax every mile I drive and it might not even be much of an advantage to go electric versus gas as a result! :rolleyes:
  5. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
  6. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    If my car is an electric appliance containing one or more computers, perhaps I should be able to ssh into it as well, so I can study all settings and property values.
  7. djdole macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2007
    Can someone just make a module (bluetooth, wireless or otherwise) that plugs into the diagnostics port under the dash of all cars to do this?

    My (non Nissan) car would appreciate some iPhone lovin. :p
  8. LanPhantom macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2007
    Hooper, UT
    Why not use Solar Panels imbedded in the Roof.

    If you have a hot enough day to generate that kind of heat, why not supply a solar panel in the roof to generate the power needed to run the A/C. Of course this wouldn't work on an overcast cold day to heat it up, but most people can deal with cold much easier then a hot steamy car. Also, I don't see electric cars making it to very cold climates until they can solve the degradation of batteries in very cold climates.

  9. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    I love how the article says "vehicleS" like we all will own 2 or 3 of them. ;)

    But kind of thing is future of integration of all these products. Pretty awesome.
  10. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    I wonder how quickly it will suck down the 3GS battery :rolleyes:
  11. wepew macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2008
    Nissan has signed on to make cars for Better Place. I bet this car will eventually be a part of that. iPhone integration will make the Better Place idea even better. Check out
  12. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    Hey wepew, are you the Director of Nissan's Marketing, by any chance?
  13. Mr. Zorg macrumors regular

    Mr. Zorg

    Sep 5, 2007
    This sure sounds cool, but if they want the app to be available when the cars debut, they'd better get it submitted now... :eek:
  14. mattster16 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2004
    You'd never be able to generate enough power to run an AC unit that way. Not enough surface area for solar panels available. AC takes a lot of energy.

    I can't say this for sure without doing the calculations, but based on what I know that is my opinion.

    Look at the new Prius' solar panels, they power a small little fan to vent the car. AC requires much more power than that.
  15. iphoneslutz macrumors newbie


    Jul 2, 2009
    WOW! Can it do my laundry too? ;) Seriously, this would seem to be a heavy duty application, I wonder how much it would cost and would it be available in the app store as opposed to getting a code from a dealership? I guess we have to wait until next year to find out. Maybe by that time more of us will have electric cars to drive so we can actually utilize this app!
  16. spillproof macrumors 68020


    Jun 4, 2009
    Sound awesome. But, just wait for people to download it and give it one star because they don't understand how to work the game.
  17. iphoneblack macrumors member

    May 21, 2008
    i wish honda or toyota will do that...
    i doubt I will get nissan :(
  18. sfger macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2009
    It's a cool application. I will get one for my nissan.
  19. VelfarreClubber macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2008
    Fullerton, CA
    yup theres an app for that :apple:

    sure makes you feel like james bond minus the aston martin
  20. RaZaK macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2008

    how about improving the bluetooth radios in your cars so that people can hear me clearly when i'm using the iPhone.

    Thanks :rolleyes:
  21. wepew macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2008
    no, but it did sort of sound like that didn't it? :p

    i am just really excited about Better Place and their battery swap technology. the best part is that they will subsidize the cars just like cell phone companies subsidize the cost of phones.

    Now I sound like I'm advertising for Better Place... oh well.;)
  22. theloon macrumors member


    Dec 19, 2007
    Just moving the emissions around - you got to love the Green farce

    Buy a green car, but still want the aircon turned up and the car cooled/heated before you drive!!..... Genius

    I'll just continue to hit remote start on my Jeep, rather than pretend to be green and get a power station to burn me some coal instead...
  23. mattster16 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2004
    I always hate when this argument is made. A coal power station is more efficient than an internal combustion engine. An internal combustion engine averages about 18-20% efficiency. A coal power plant is in the 30-35% range. This means less resources are used and less pollution produced for the same amount of power. This doesn't take into account mining/drilling, refining, transportation, transmission losses, etc. The power plant still, however, comes out ahead. Also keep in mind that at least SOME of that electricity is coming from hydro, wind, solar. As more electricity is generated from renewables an electric car will become more environmentally friendly, without have to modify or replace the vehicle (using even more resources in the process).

    We aren't going to have a perfectly 100% renewable (green) solution for a long while still. Don't berate those who at least try to be somewhat more green in the interim. It's still a step in the right direction.

    I do this this is a sweet app and concept though. It's a great idea and I'd imagine even more functionality will be added and more companies will adopt this.
  24. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    By remarkable coincidence, today a coworker left a pile of WIRED magazines in the lunchroom, and one of them contained an article about Better Place. I had never heard of this before, but after reading the article and doing some Googling, I'm excited. I hope this venture works out.

    Why don't I drive a hybrid already? Because they cost $5,000 to $7,000 more than a conventional car, and for that extra money I'm buying a massive battery that's a huge unknown -- how long will it last, what will happen to my driving ability as it loses charge, how much is it going to cost me to replace years down the road?

    Better Place proposes that the battery is not going to be my concern at all -- it will be owned by the grid operator. That means it's not my responsibility to buy the battery in the first place -- so the cost of the electric car is very comparable to the gas one -- and I won't have to worry about long-term usage either, because I'll be swapping my battery for other batteries over the life of the car. I'll let the battery station take care of those details -- a win for them, too, because they can take their time to charge the batteries using green technologies like solar and wind, they can replace failing cells, and over time as battery technologies improve, they can replace old packs with newer technology. It's a lot like buying propane for your BBQ -- you swap out your empty tank for a full one, and you don't worry about the tank itself, just the energy stored within it.

    The company proposes to sell subscription packages just like cell phones. You pay for miles like you pay for minutes -- in theory they could do monthly, pay-as-you-go, unlimited flat rate -- and they propose that it will be a lot cheaper than gas in the long run. This also opens up the possibility of carrier subsidies -- maybe your electric car is free if you subscribe to the unlimited miles plan!

    Obviously there is a long way to go -- in addition to getting car companies to sign on, they need thousands of station operators to build battery-swap/charge stations, they need to develop a national standard for batteries, chargers -- but they seem to be gaining headway. They also need other companies to sign on and inter-operate, just like we have multiple cell phone carriers with roaming agreements, so nobody feels like they're buying into a single proprietary system that would be useless if one carrier fails.

    Would I pay less up front, for a greener car, and then sign onto a subscription plan that costs me less to operate than what I'm paying now for gas? Assuming the infrastructure was in place to let me go 90% of wherever I need to go, heck yes! I could keep my existing car or take public transit for those remote/obscure places that wouldn't be reachable by an electric charging grid.

    (not a marketing guy, either... just fascinated with this possibility!)
  25. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
    Nissan unveils 'Leaf' electric hatchback

    It'd be interesting to see how smooth this drives.

    Plus, if the iPhone app is eventually released, will it use the Dock connector or Bluetooth? I don't want a proprietary cable in my car again.

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