IHS Global Insight
September 6, 2017
Nissan will launch a new vehicle-monitoring system that predicts and automatically notifies drivers when certain components need attention. According to a report by the Japan News, the connected vehicle technology will alert the driver via smartphone, and will be launched by early next year. In addition to monitoring the battery, the system will also identify defects in engine parts by assessing performance during acceleration and other situations, and will alert drivers if replacement parts are needed. The system also will share updates on the vehicle’s tire pressure. Mitsubishi plans to launch a similar service as well. The automakers will initially launch the service in some new models and expand it later, the report added.
Significance: The report claims that the new alert system will be able to access performance data while travelling. Currently, drivers cannot access diagnostic results unless they take their vehicles to dealerships. Automakers are gradually adopting vehicle health monitoring systems as a means to further enhance safety in their vehicles. According to the report, citing data from the Japan Automobile Federation, nearly 2.31 million rescue requests were received from drivers in fiscal year 2016. Of the total, nearly 32% of the problems were due to “low remaining battery power,” followed by “flat tires and low air pressure in tires” at 16%. By receiving alerts in advance, drivers not only can prevent these issues, but can shorten the time spent to repair them at dealerships. A similar service has also been introduced by GM in its vehicles, called Proactive Alerts system under OnStar. Over time, Nissan and Mitsubishi could gather significant amounts of information on the health of the vehicle fleet and ultimately use that to develop more robust products or identify recall-worthy problems sooner.
Original headline: Nissan to offer advanced alert-system for predicting vehicle maintenance—report
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