Nissan LEAF will have AT&T 3G built in

The Nissan LEAF, the all electric car, is going to have a 3G connection on AT&T's cellular network in the US and other GSM networks worldwide. The data connection will allow you to connect to your car to check the battery charge remotely or help you find the nearest charging station while you are driving. 

earth2tech got to test the Nissan LEAF and said, "In-vehicle IT services include being able to see the radius that the car can drive with the current battery state of charge, as well as being able to identify the closest available electric vehicle charger on a map. The car also has a dedicated iPhone application and LEAF-owners will be able to remotely monitor the state of charge of the battery, and can pre-heat or pre-cool the car."

Nissan chose AT&T as the carrier because of their GSM support, GSM is a worldwide mobile standard unlike Verizon's CDMA network which only works in the US. Once connected to the AT&T, network all of the data is sent to the Nissan data centers which then send you the information you requested.

The Nissan LEAF goes on sale in December and will carry a $33,000 price tag, which makes it one of the most in-expensive all electric cars on the market. Chevy is also releasing an electric car called the Chevy Volt, it will cost $41,000. The Volt will run on batteries but it also has a gasoline engine that charges the batteries when they are depleted. The Chevy Volt includes 5 years of OnStar Service that include a mobile app for remote control. The OnStar mobile app will allow you to schedule battery charge times, check to see if the vehicle is plugged in, check the charger voltage, get text notifications of interruption or completion of a battery charge, and turn on climate control.

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It wouldn't be a bad idea for AT&T to invest in portable car stations that have antenna's at each one, increasing not only the coverage of their network but quality.

I'd like to get a signal if i was driving next to one of these leafs on the road.

ccoltmanm said,
It wouldn't be a bad idea for AT&T to invest in portable car stations that have antenna's at each one, increasing not only the coverage of their network but quality.

I'd like to get a signal if i was driving next to one of these leafs on the road.

What about the security concerns of intercepting the traffic?

The recent Blackhat (I think) conference showed one of the guys setting up a tower that intercepted traffic.

ccoltmanm said,
It wouldn't be a bad idea for AT&T to invest in portable car stations that have antenna's at each one, increasing not only the coverage of their network but quality.

I'd like to get a signal if i was driving next to one of these leafs on the road.

You don't seem to understand how this works. The car has a modem in it that connects to the cellular network. How could they install a station in the car? The station would need to connect to the network and the only way to do that on a car would be a wireless link, which defeats the purpose of having a station in the car.

mrp04 said,

You don't seem to understand how this works. The car has a modem in it that connects to the cellular network. How could they install a station in the car? The station would need to connect to the network and the only way to do that on a car would be a wireless link, which defeats the purpose of having a station in the car.

It could boost the signal but I agree its a stupid idea.

"...is going to have a 3G connection on AT&T's cellular network in the US and other GSM networks worldwide." I can imagine a special agreement with Apple(?). Something's goin on here.. AT&T tied to Apple, Nissan LEAF demonstrated Apple's iAd platform? Everything's connected somehow..