By John EwensThe National Geographic team has an exclusive report detailing how the electric carmaker’s data-driven driving program has created a fear and loathsome environment for drivers.
The program was launched in 2016 with the goal of giving Leaf owners more control over how their vehicles drive.
The goal was to create a better driving experience by giving drivers the ability to set limits on how much the car will accelerate or decelerate, how long the car can stay in a certain spot, and how long they can cruise.
The company hopes to offer more of those limits in a few years time.
The Leaf has more than 700,000 registered users in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
But it is unclear how many of those drivers actually use it to drive.
According to NHTSA, Leaf owners were given six years to get used to the new limits.
If they haven’t, NHTAS warns that a driver could face an infraction.
The agency says the average age of drivers is 31.1 years old, which is a tad older than some of the other popular electric cars, including Tesla and GM’s Bolt.
Tesla owners are the only ones to have access to the free, in-vehicle data program, but it’s not clear if Nissan has had a problem with its own data program.
Nissan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The company hopes the data program will help drivers find the best way to travel.
“We have a goal that we set for ourselves, and it’s that the average driver wants to be the first to get a good car, but we have to understand how they’re going to use the car,” said Nissan EV CEO Carlos Ghosn.
“What are their preferences?
What are their expectations?
How are they going to ride it?
The more you know about a person, the more comfortable you are.”
The program also gave Nissan drivers more control on what kinds of data they could access, including a full dashboard of information on their vehicles’ performance, fuel economy, acceleration and braking, and lane departure and lane change data.
NHTASS also gave drivers more granular control over the data they were allowed to view and download.
“With the data we have, we can now tell what kind of data we can get out of it and where, because we can give you the data on where to go,” said NHTSS Senior Analyst Michael Davenport.
“We can give people a better understanding of how they can drive their vehicle, where they can go, what kinds they like, and so on.”
It gives us an insight into how we can improve our cars and how they work.”