Toyota announces strategic partnerships for new telematics programs

Toyota announces strategic partnerships for new telematics programs

A key collaborator in Toyota's telematics efforts is ATX. All Safety Connect and Lexus Enform calls – for automatic collision notification, stolen vehicle location, emergency assistance, roadside assistance and directions requests – will be sent directly to Toyota's dedicated ATX call centre.

On the Lexus Enform side, Toyota has partnered with VoiceBox® Technologies to provide one of the most functional systems in the new platform: voice commands and conversational voice search applications.

In addition to XM's ongoing satellite radio offerings, including the now available "The Best of SIRIUS," Toyota's XM services are now expanding to include XM NavTraffic® on more Lexus and Toyota models, as well as XMNavWeatherTM and XM® Sports and Stocks on most Lexus models. Also of note, XM has provided Toyota with proprietary bandwidth for the broadcast of Lexus Insider audio casts.

TMS has collaborated with Zagat to give Lexus Enform Destination Assist and eDestination users access to Zagat-rated restaurants.

Safety Connect and Lexus Enform will be delivered as embedded, factory-installed hardware on select vehicles with an included one-year trial subscription beginning in late summer 2009.

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