Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), in Collusion with partner Vodacom Business and Altron, has released the roll-out of connectedness features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models. The announcement was made at a recent press conference Introduced by TSAM.
Admitted as Toyota Connect, the recent connectivity hub will be housed within the MyToyota App which was launched in 2014. The technology allows Toyota owners Connects to a Multitude of Benefits, affinity and safety.
While TSAM is currently the Exclusive manufacturer in South Africa to offer a mobile app that is fully integrated with manufacturer and dealer systems, it also becomes the first organization Over The World To offer the convergence of Wi-Fi and connectivity features in one package athwart the model range.
“As of 01 September 2019, all-new Toyota and Lexus models sold in South Africa will come standard with in-car Wi-Fi including 15GB free data (which you can top up) as well as a host of connectivity features and benefits courtesy of Toyota Connect, a major extension of the MyToyota App,” says president and CEO of TSAM, Andrew Kirby.
According to Kirby, “As Toyota transitions from being an automotive to a mobility-solutions organisation, it becomes imperative to collaborate with companies whose visions align with ours. The importance of telematics and telecommunications in tomorrow’s vehicles cannot be overstated – hence our partnership with global technology group Altron (through Netstar) and telecoms giant Vodacom in this project.
Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of how connected technologies can enhance their lives and our task as a forward-thinking organisation is to evolve in tandem with market expectations.”
Through its subsidiary, Netstar, Altron jointly designed and developed the bespoke technology platform with Toyota, which enables Internet of Things (IoT) aspects such as telematics and fleet management.
Also commenting on the Triad partnership, William Mzimba, chief officer at Vodacom Business says, “This partnership is a key part of Vodacom’s IoT strategy, and is a step closer to realising our ambition to create opportunities for innovation in South Africa as well as the broader continent, bolstered by growth in IoT.
Just like smartphones, cars today will need to be connected to provide a charismatic Customer experience. We’re witnessing an increasing number of car buyers ranking in-car technology as important as vehicle performance. They want their cars to be safe, efficient, better equipped and fun.
By associating public to platforms that will manage the complexity of streaming music from the cloud, real-time traffic information and Personal roadside assistance, we can meet this Flourishing requirement.”