lucasgary wrote:My understanding is that it's SMS messages.
So not even 'data' per se.
I came across the SMS protocol / serialization they use and it's pretty minimal.
I can't imagine it's costing Nissan much of anything.
Don't take this personally, but this kind of mindset just kills me.
For the record, the telematics function uses both
SMS and data, but the data usage is minimal.
What I don't get is: Nissan is giving us a free
service (airtime/servers/back-office/etc) for thousands and thousands
of cars...and people think "it's no big deal". The fact is, the telematics service has been (and will continue to be--lucky for us) a "loss leader" for the technology...and minimalizing Nissan's contribution is short-sighted. If they charged for the service (as we originally though they would after the initial 3 year period), then things might be different...but they don't .
I'm confused? "This kind of mindset kills me"? Seriously, it's SMS messages and perhaps bit of data.
If you have specific details on the data being sent I'd love to see it.
If Nissan had serious cost issues they could make it easy to swap in / out the telematics units / sim cards so as to minimize cost. Bear in mind we're talking about a 38k car that doesn't have power seats, I'm sure Nissan is making money on these vehicles.
Ultimately it would be quite straightforward to make it simple to swap out sim cards and or other components to make it easy for imported vehicles to gain full functionality.
I'm assuming Nissan has chosen to NOT do that in order to better control and influence the market and discourage cross border purchasing. I think that is a fundamentally flawed set of assumptions.
I did drop in on my local dealer today, unfortunately their leaf tech's weren't in. I'll follow up with them in the next few days.