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‘Connected Services by Toyota’ Coming to 2020 Models in August

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2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
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This August, Toyota Canada will begin introducing Connected Services by Toyota on select 2020 model year vehicles. It’s a suite of tools intended to improve the in-car multimedia experience.

The primary feature of the suite is the Toyota App, which will be available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. It gives drivers the ability to remotely lock and unlock the doors, start and stop the engine, check the status of the windows and moonroof, check the fuel level, find the car, and monitor guest drivers. In addition, it will enable owners to receive maintenance alerts, vehicle health reports, and recall notifications for their vehicle.

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Connected Services by Toyota will also include Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity and Android Auto with Google Assistant. While Android Auto allows you to use your phone via the onboard multimedia screen, Google Assistant adds the ability to use voice commands while on the go. Toyota is also bundling Amazon Alexa compatibility in the suite, which makes it possible to perform remote vehicle commands using an Amazon home device.

Finally, customers will have the option to enroll in customer support, which will come with an SOS button with calls handled by a new Canadian call center.

The first models to get the technology will be the 2020 model year 4Runner, Sequoia, Tacoma, and Tundra, all of which are arriving in Canadian dealerships in August. Toyota says more models will follow over the remainder of the year and into 2020.

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