Nissan will soon launch advanced connectivity features for the Micra, Sunny and Terrano. To go on sale in India soon, the cars will connect via an app on the owner’s phone to offer features like service reminders, GPS tracking and vehicle diagnostics.
While the details known are limited now, the services are expected to be similar to Honda’s ‘Connect’ system that was introduced in 2015, with some key differences with respect to features and data security.
The move to launch these connected cars is part of Nissan's global 'Intelligent Mobility' plan that the Indian arm is closely aligning with. Along with these cars, India will also get the hybrid X-Trail sometime later this year. There is also a possibility of the electric Leaf coming to India if next year’s planned pilot testing turns out to be successful.
The connected cars will not only benefit owners but the manufacturer too. Currently, most cars are serviced by third-party and local garages after the warranty expires, as owners look for more affordable options. Now with connected cars, vehicle manufacturers will have access to data like the vehicle's running and condition, with which it will be able to provide a proactive and timely reach out using service reminders and offers.