Today, we’re all looking for ways to squeeze more into the day. Everybody wishes they could somehow do 18 hours’ worth of tasks during the 16 hours they’re awake each day. We’re a busy culture, and we need technology that can keep up. It’s clear that the great minds at Nissan thought of that when designing the 2023 Nissan Altima because it’s full of incredible functions that help you streamline your life and maximize your time. Thanks to the available NissanConnect on this sophisticated midsize sedan, there are several things you can handle in your car before you even get to your vehicle.
Everyone is familiar with that moment of finally settling into your couch or desk, only to realize you forgot something in your car or forgot to do something with your car. There are often things you’d like to check on regarding your vehicle, but you can’t do when you’re all the way up on the 12th story of your office building or you don’t want to once you’re finally cozy in bed. The NissanConnect Services available on the 2023 Nissan Altima will be a huge perk during those moments. You can control your vehicle from your bed, desk, Jacuzzi––you get it. Here are the things your Altima can do before you step foot near your vehicle.
If you’ve ever fought for a parking spot in the mall parking structure, walked the 15 minutes through crowds to get to your store, and realized you forgot to lock the car, you know what a nerve-racking moment that can be. An unlocked car is vulnerable to theft––theft of your valuables and even the car itself. Luckily, you can use the NissanConnect Services on your compatible smartphone to remotely lock your vehicle. So you can skip the part where you walk all the way back through the mall food court to lock your car.
You can also remotely unlock your vehicle. This is pretty valuable when you send someone else out to your car to grab something for you and don’t want to have to dig out the keys. You can remotely unlock the car for them. Then there are times you walk all the way to your car to get something and realize you left your key inside; just use your phone to unlock it.
You’d like to think that the valet wouldn’t take your car for a joyride, but you can never be too sure. Activate the vehicle alert, and you’ll get a notice on your smartphone if your car leaves a designated radius (like the 10-square-blocks the valet assured you they park cars in). This will give you extra peace of mind when you trust your vehicle in the hands of a stranger.
Flash Your Lights + Sound Your Alarm
Sometimes, when it’s been a long day, you can’t remember where you left your car. If you parked on the street and it’s dark out, it’s hard to make out the different vehicles. Use your NissanConnect to flash the lights of your car, and you’ll instantly spot it. Alternatively, if you’re parked in a large structure or simply don’t know in what direction you parked, you can use the app to sound your horn and let that point you in the right direction.
Remote Start Your Car
Have you ever wanted to have one of those cool James Bond moments where you hop in the car and speed off in seemingly one swift motion? You can, with the NissanConnect services, because you can remotely start your vehicle. Now you just have to ask yourself what your catchphrase will be. That’s not the only good thing about remote starting your car.
In addition to the standard features of NissanConnect Services, you can connect the app to Amazon Alexa Skills or Google Assistant Action and use even more remote features. One of these is the option to pre-heat or cool your car before you even get inside. That means no more getting into a freezing cold car and shivering until it warms up or sitting down on a blistering hot seat on a summer day. Plus, you can do this without having to go outside to turn it on to heat up while you get ready. Prepare the vehicle’s climate just the way you like it before you get in.
Set Speed and Boundary Alerts
If anyone else uses your car, particularly teen drivers who might not make the most responsible choices, you can set speed and boundary alerts through Amazon Alexa Skills or Google Assistant Action. Then you’ll get a notification when someone else who is driving your car exceeds the speed limits or leaves the established boundaries. Hopefully, they wouldn’t do that to you, but if they do, this feature means you can skip the he-said, she-said part of the discussion. All the evidence is in the app. This can also be a useful tool for teaching a teen good driving habits since you can review their behaviors with them, and track their progress.
Set a Curfew
You can even use the Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant features to set a curfew for your vehicle and get an alert if someone drives the car after curfew. Your car is a precious commodity, and you have a right to set some rules around it and enforce them. These smart features help you do just that. The nice thing is that you can turn features like curfew and boundary alerts on and off when you choose. So, when you trust your teen driver to follow the rules, you can show them by leaving these settings off.
How to Activate Google Assistant
When you’re ready to use your Google Assistant, download the Google Assistant app to your smartphone. Navigate over to the “Explore” section and select Nissan Action. You’ll connect your vehicle to the account by linking Google Assistant to your NissanConnect Services account; you’ll need your NissanConnect Services credentials to do that. From there, you can use your voice to ask the app to give you a tour.
When you’re ready to use your Amazon Alexa Skills, download the Amazon Alexa app to your smartphone. Enable the NissanConnect Services skill. Log into your NissanConnect Services account. You’re ready to use the voice-activated commands now, like “Alexa, lock my car” or “Alexa, heat up my car.” If you have the Nissan Concierge technology, you can also ask Alexa to get your NissanConnect Services to find recommendations for you, like hotels, coffee shops, and restaurants.
Making Car Ownership Easier Than Ever
Everybody is rushing around, with long to-do lists and full calendars. We’re all bound to forget to lock the car sometimes or fail to remember where we parked. It happens to the best of us, and luckily, the great technology of the 2023 Nissan Altima means you can just use your smartphone and sound that horn or lock the vehicle, saving you precious time because you can stay right where you are.
The forward-thinking tech isn’t just for mistakes and forgetful moments. Sometimes those little luxury perks make all the difference, and getting into a pre-heated or cooled car can be a real treat. Life is just a little bit easier with the NissanConnect Services on the 2023 Nissan Altima. Control is always at your fingertips, and thanks to this thoughtful set of features, you are in command of your car, even when you’re nowhere near it.