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Nissan Motor Co. will make its first major foray into Internet-connected cars by offering an option in some new vehicles that will use big data technology to notify drivers when vehicle maintenance is required.
As automakers compete fiercely to develop self-driving cars and improve the customer experience inside vehicles, Japan’s second-largest automaker said on Tuesday it will begin rolling out the service in Japan and India in 2017, followed by other countries through 2020.
With the availability of new mobility options including ride-hailing and car-sharing services threatening to cool demand for individual car ownership, automakers are looking for new ways to attract loyal drivers.
Nissan said that it would also market the device required to access the service, which can be retrofitted into existing models. In the future, 30% of its existing vehicles would eventually be equipped with the hardware, it said. (Fortune)