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Toyota: The Future of Auto is All About Constant Connection

A day after unveiling its all-new 2018 Camry, Toyota Motor Corp. outlined its strategy to remain a leader in connectivity through the next decade during a press conference at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on Tuesday.

“The vehicle as we know it is transforming into a means of getting around that futurists have dreamed about for a long time,” said Sandy Lobenstein, Toyota’s executive vice president of connected vehicle services.

Toyota plans to connect all of its vehicles and provide customers with “services that truly enrich their lives” and “bond them” to Toyota brands by 2020, Lobenstein said.

The plan includes embedding data communication modules in all of the company’s new vehicles in Japan and the United States.

Lobenstein also outlined new services available through Toyota’s Entune 3.0 system. The service includes an enhanced cockpit navigation system, as well as Dynamic Voice Recognition, Destination Assist, which allows drivers to connect to a live operator, Entune Remote, which allows users to start an engine or lock and unlock a vehicle from a smartphone, and Service Connect, which provides vehicle health reports to the driver as well as a dealership.

View Lobenstein’s full presentation here.