Nissan pulled back the curtain today on key tools in its plan for an electric, fully networked car: an iPhone application and a system called EV-IT, which will connect the company’s upcoming plug-in vehicle to a global data center via mobile networks. This comes as part of a larger move in the auto industry (helped along by software companies) toward what we’ve described, over on Earth2Tech, as the era of Car 2.0
The idea behind Car 2.0 and the tools that Nissan has just unveiled (along with the latest prototype for the 2010 electric car set to debut on Aug. 2) is that the next generation of cars will link to the power grid and communication networks and function a lot like consumer electronics. Using Nissan’s planned iPhone app, for example, drivers will be able to remotely monitor and control their vehicle’s battery charging, air conditioning and heating. Read the full story on Earth2Tech.com.