Toyota has expanded the availability and functionality of Toyota Connected Services (TCS) across a number of its models.

    The system and its services are now available on the LandCruiser 300 Series, HiLux, Fortuner, Yaris Cross, Camry, Granvia and HiAce.

    Buyers of eligible vehicles will get three years of complimentary Toyota Connected from the date of delivery. Beyond the three years owners will have to pay a subscription.

    Toyota Connected Services functionality was first introduced to the Yaris Cross in November 2020, and includes features such as automatic collision notification, SOS emergency calling, and stolen vehicle tracking.

    In April 2021, the Camry as gained the same features. The updated now being rolled out adds more features to that original list.

    Depending on the model, customers can now remotely access information such as fuel level, recent trip data, and vehicle location through the myToyota Connect phone app.

    Also depending on the model, the app can provide information on the status of the doors, lights, windows, and keys, and can send 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” efficiency score are also available on some models.

    Owners now have the ability to remotely set limits for secondary drivers such as speed, location, or time – and receive notification if these parameters are breached or the engine is started.

    Toyota says “all the new features and functionality have been developed and extensively tested for each specific model”.

    Exisiting Camry and Yaris Cross owners with the current iteration of TCS, along with owners of new HiLux, Fortuner, LandCruiser 300, Granvia and HiAce vehicles built from July 1, 2021 can download the latest version of the myToyota Connect app.

    A breakdown of what each vehicle receives with the updated TCS functionality is as follows:

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    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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