Toyota Smart Connect is our latest multimedia platform, which offers consumers more powerful hardware, faster response times, more intuitive operation and new functionality.
The system has a clean, clear and simple interface that is operated through a nine-inch, high definition touchscreen display. It offers crisp graphics and easier visibility in different lighting conditions, while its embedded SIM card provides a constant connection to online services. These services are included in the data package provided as part of the new car specification.
Being always-connected means that software and service updates can be automatically applied over-the-air, without the need to return to a Toyota centre. But it also allows the integrated satellite navigation system to provide moment-by-moment information on traffic events through a combination of connected cloud services and community feedback. Following such guidance will help to make journeys as time-efficient and trouble-free as possible.
Smart Connect provides wireless smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Similarly, by downloading the MyT connected services smartphone application, owners can remotely control a number of helpful features. These include remote locking and unlocking, on-board climate controls and activating the hazard lights (particularly useful when searching for your car in a crowded car park). Owners can also use the MyT app to access information such as driving behaviour data or to set reminders about servicing, road tax and insurance.
New services and features will be automatically added to Smart Connect as the system evolves. First among these is a new ‘Share to Car’ feature, which will allow owners to plan their journey at home and send those details to the car before setting off.
Which models are equipped with Smart Connect?
The new Yaris Cross compact SUV is the first model to receive this new multimedia platform but further vehicles will receive it in due course. The table below provides information on the specific multimedia system that is included in each Yaris Cross trim grade.
|YARIS CROSS GRADE||MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM||NOTES|
|Icon||8-inch Toyota Touch 2||N/A|
|Design||8-inch Toyota Touch 2||Tech Pack option adds Smart Connect|
|Excel||9-inch Toyota Smart Connect||City Pack option replaces Toyota Smart Connect with Toyota Touch 2|
|Dynamic||9-inch Toyota Smart Connect||City and Advanced Safety Pack option replaces Smart Connect with Toyota Touch 2|
|Premiere Edition||9-inch Toyota Smart Connect||City and Advanced Safety Pack option replaces Smart Connect with Toyota Touch 2|