Toyota has expanded the availability and functionality of its advanced Toyota Connected Services (TCS) technology to a range of vehicles, including the LandCruiser 300 Series, HiLux, Fortuner, Yaris Cross, Camry, Granvia, and HiAce.
Each of the new features and functionality, which includes automatic collision notification, SOS emergency call and stolen vehicle tracking, have been developed and extensively tested for each specific model.
The updated system that is now available across a broader range of vehicles adds to the safety features, with owners able to remotely access a variety of information from their smartphone such as fuel level, recent trip data and vehicle location.
From a safety perspective, TCS can automatically generate an emergency call to a 24/7 Toyota emergency call centre and relay the location of the vehicle, in the event of a collision requiring intervention or where an airbag is deployed.
Emergency assistance can also be manually requested by a vehicle occupant via an SOS button, while if the vehicle is reported stolen, the system can assist authorities to help track the vehicle’s location through the stolen vehicle tracking (SVT) function.
In addition to these safety and security functions, the updated system adds convenience functionality with specific features applied to different models, through the myToyota Connect app.
Depending on the model, TCS can also provide information on the status of doors, lights, windows, and keys and provide push notifications if the owner has left the lights on, forgotten to lock the car, or close the windows.
Trip data, such as time and distance travelled, as well as a “drive pulse” that measures acceleration, braking and cornering speeds to provide drivers with a score and help them improve their driving efficiency, are also available on some models.
Another handy feature for vehicles that have multiple drivers is the ability for owners to remotely set particular limits for each driver such as speed, location or time and receive notifications if these parameters are breached or the engine is started.
Camry and Yaris Cross owners with the current version of Toyota Connected Services, along with owners of the HiLux, Fortuner, LandCruiser 300, Granvia and HiAce built from 1 July 2021, can download the latest version of myToyota Connect to access the new functionality.
Buyers of eligible vehicles will be treated to three years of complimentary TCS functionality from the date of delivery, after which an extension will be optional.