Toyota and Lexus cars get connected
In-car wifi and many other features
Big news, and a world first, is that as of 1 September 2019 all new Toyota and Lexus models will have connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi.
Toyota Connect, as the new connectivity hub is known, will be housed within the MyToyota App, which was launched in 2014. The technology allows Toyota owners access to a myriad of convenience, connectivity and safety benefits. While TSAM is currently the only manufacturer in South Africa to offer a mobile App that is fully integrated with manufacturer and dealer systems, it also becomes the first organisation – the world over – to offer both Wi-Fi and connectivity features in one package across the model range. This has been done in partnership with global technology group Altron (through Netstar) and telecoms giant Vodacom.
All of these vehicles will come standard with 15GB free data as well, which can be topped up by the customer using Toyota Connect or their banking Apps.
This new technology will have diverse applications and benefits. From a convenience point of view, Toyota Connect will remind customers when their vehicles are due for servicing, factoring in all the back-end elements when you book directly on the App. The Logbook facility automatically saves a digital log of your vehicle’s mileage and service history for tax-submission purposes, including auto-allocation for work and home, as well as business and personal trips. The GPS locator gives you peace of mind, enabling you to find your vehicle easily and get a view of your trips.
In terms of safety, there is Roadside Assistance with impact detection – meaning that customers will have real-time support with AA-access for 24/7. The Battery Health Check reflects the real-time status of the customer vehicle’s battery health. The Driver Score feature encourages safer driving: customers can review their driver rating and keep track of their scores and overall driver behaviour.
And that’s not all: there is a good chance that in the future Toyota Connect will even allow Toyota drivers to renew their vehicle licence disc via the technology and have it delivered to their address of choice!