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NISSAN to test new ECO-DRIVING support service


Aimed at improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions--

TOKYO .--Nissan Motors Co., Ltd., announced today it would begin testing an Eco-driving Support Service which will utilize its advanced information system ITS*1. The service will advise drivers on more fuel-efficient driving methods based real-time analysis. Testing begins Sep. 24.

The new service, which will be available on Nissanís CARWINGS navigation system website, will evaluate the driving behavior of drivers who are currently taking part in Nissanís SKY Project*2 in Kanagawa Prefecture. The SKY Project, which began in October 2006, allows for vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to help reduce traffic accidents and ease congestion.

Eco-driving has been expected in the transportation industry as a way to reduce CO2. However, it has received little support aside from public workshops. Accordingly in 2007, Nissan introduced a new eco-driving support system for its CARWINGS members, the first telematics service for non-business purposes. The first telematics service provided information such as monthly fuel-efficiency rankings derived from members who drive the same model and helpful topics in eco-driving. The new Eco-driving Support Service can potentially improve fuel efficiency by basing its advice on individual driverís habits, giving a more personalized approach to eco-driving tips.

Based on the results of the test, Nissan will examine the effect and acceptability of the Eco-driving Support Service. The results will be evaluated for use in future services including its CARWINGS service.

With its aim to reduce greenhouse emissions, Nissan will continue to introduce more eco-friendly products and services under its Nissan Green Program 2010.


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