Nissan announced today that it is adding Google Maps to its Nissan CARWINGS navigation that is installed on its cars in the automakers home turf. The new service will use Google Maps to connect with the car in the same way that it does from an e-mail to a cell phone.
That means you can basically find location on Google Maps from your computer or cell phone and send it directly to your navigation system which will then start rout guidance. Basically, it’s not something that’s a necessity – but it’s convenient nonetheless.
No word on when or if Nissan will offer the service in the U.S.
Follow the jump for the press release.
Combining the two user-friendly services allows users the versatility of planning travels on their home computers in addition to their onboard Nissan CARWINGS navigation system. Saving time by doing away with the hassle of scribbling down directions, users can just search and save locations with just a couple of clicks.
The process is relatively quick and easy. Users begin by searching Google Maps for a specific address or category and the results will appear on a map. The desired location can then be saved directly to Nissan’s CARWINGS navigation device through the Send-to function*1 after inputting a CARWINGS ID. This reduces delays so that users can resume their search for more places or get in their car and go.
On the road, the telematics agent*2 in CARWINGS, will convert the data received from Google Maps into the navigation system’s information channel and sets the destination based on the received map data. Together with the system’s HDD database, this user-generated content provides added convenience to drivers.
Nissan will continue to add progressive features, such as Google Maps and collaborate with online content providers to give customers compelling and convenient services in today’s increasingly mobile world.