It IS Easy Being Green — and Connected

DETROIT — Oct. 19, 2010 — The time is coming — the time when you’re going to look back on the car you’re driving now and wonder how it was missing simple features that greatly improve the overall driving experience.

The 2011 Nissan LEAF is the latest example of an affordable car that uses advanced technology to enhance the driving experience. The 100 percent electric Nissan LEAF uses its advanced intelligent transportation (IT) system to help drivers maximize their zero-emission driving capability. This advanced IT system delivers a steady stream of information such as a real-time locator for public charging, timers for charging and running heat or air conditioning, energy usage, and other tools to help the driver more efficiently use the vehicle.

All these features can be quickly accessed through Nissan LEAF’s easy-to-use, touch-screen Information Hub, powered by the Windows Embedded Automotive platform.

“The IT system, which includes the Nissan LEAF Information Hub, will be a critical tool for our owners,” says Tooru Abe, chief product specialist for Nissan. “Not only did we want to provide information to help our owners maximize the use of their Nissan LEAF, we also want to help create a connected zero-emission community around the globe. These IT features will help make that possible.”

In addition to Nissan, the Windows Embedded Automotive platform provides the foundation for in-vehicle infotainment systems in more than 80 vehicle models manufactured by partners worldwide, including Daimler, Fiat, Ford, Kia and many more.

To find out more information on Windows Embedded Automotive 7, check out the press release issued today or the recent white paper titled A Technical Companion to Windows Embedded Automotive 7.

Looking to read more about the Nissan LEAF? Details can be found here, and be sure to check out a video of the car in action as well.