Likely because, the entire control system OS in the radio and Bose does not have the ability to do that type of software integration so they had Clarion use an existing unit with new internal software. I wish they had used a better vendor over Clarion as they have always had a bad rep on audio from day one but they likely fit the bill for the spec. The radio directly controls many car functions directly.gascant wrote:A bunch of early delivery owners were bemoaning the stereo system a while back--I still think it's a shame that, as quiet as the LEAF is (and I've ridden in it 3 times now), Nissan didn't elect to put in a Bose sound system like the one that's in my wife's Altima Hybrid. Maybe they were trying to save some money? I would gladly have paid for it despite my high frequency hearing loss.
Herm wrote:Thats a scary thought.. what functions evdriver?EVDRIVER wrote: The radio directly controls many car functions directly.
EVDRIVER wrote:Whatever you see on the screens. I'm really surprised how poor the UI works, on a 2005 Acura you can push a steering button and say many commands like "find nearest Chineese Restaurant" and a list pops up and you can select one or call directly from the screen, that works on many verbal commands when driving and it makes finding things VERY easy. In the LEAF you need to stop and use the painful interface that looks like it was pieced together from five different outdated products. Far too many layers to get to the information needed and redundant paths. I also doubt there will be any upgrades to existing units so it will stay this way. I suppose Clarion was the cheapest bidder to slap some software into one of their Euro DD units. I mean really Nissan, an EV with a slow clunky interface in "tech car" and poor audio quality, is this another "ground up" component like the EV conversion heater? Some of the LEAF features were touted as high tech but in reality they are average components pieced together from Clarion and antiquated heating systems used in EV conversions. That's all fine but don't make it seem "ground up" and cutting edge, more like "shelf sideways, vendor modified"
The Nissan engineer I met with also indicated as much when I asked him about it. But he's probably just guessing, like you.TRONZ wrote:Nice mod! After Nissan gets a good feel for the EV market, I'm sure they will provide more audio options.