Toyota Taps Vodacom For In-Car Streaming Services


Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) has selected Vodacom as partner to provide in-car streaming services.

The new streaming service will be available to Toyota Connect and Lexus Connect.

In August 2019, Toyota South Africa teamed up with Altron and Vodacom Business, to roll-out connectivity features and in-car Wi-Fi on all new Toyota and Lexus models. Known as Toyota Connect, the new connectivity hub will be housed within the MyToyota App which was launched in 2014.

The technology allows Toyota owners access to a myriad of convenience, connectivity and safety benefits.

Through its subsidiary, Netstar, Altron jointly designed and developed the bespoke technology platform with Toyota, which enables Internet of Things (IoT) aspects such as telematics and fleet management. For more read: Toyota, Altron, Vodacom Collaborate to Enable in-Car WiFi

MyToyota App

Today, Toyota announced the introduction of a new streaming service to Toyota Connect and Lexus Connect.

Packaged under MyEntertainment are Vodacom’s Video Play (video streaming) and My Muze (music streaming) services, that offer Toyota and Lexus customers an improved ownership experience with enhanced connectivity and added value.

Video Play offers local and international entertainment on the go – providing customers with access to movies, series and music videos (via a streaming device). My Muze, in turn, opens up a world of local and international music to be enjoyed anywhere. A standout feature is the ability to use these streaming services independently of the vehicle, thereby not limiting them to in-vehicle usage.

The video and streaming services are available as part of Toyota and Lexus’ connectivity services, Toyota/Lexus Connect. Launched more than a year ago, the technology enables the driver and passengers a myriad of convenience features including in-car Wi-Fi and safety benefits. All new Toyota and Lexus models are prepared for the use of Toyota/Lexus Connect.

Once linked to the MyToyota/MyLexus App via Toyota/Lexus Connect, owners can make on-demand service bookings, retrieve vehicle usage information (logbook), renew vehicle licences, review tracking data, request roadside assistance and more. Now with the introduction of MyEntertainment, customers have the option of activating either a 15Gb data bundle, 10Gb with 2-month free Video Play streaming or 10Gb with 3-month free My Muze, when they purchase a new vehicle.

As before, bespoke top-up data packages are available once the initial complimentary data is depleted. The new streaming services will go live in December 2020.



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