The device, developed by Altron subsidiary Netstar, contains an e-Sim from Vodacom Business, which connects to two APNs, or mobile access points, one a prepaid APN for Internet access and the other a post-paid APN for telemetry and other services. Collectively, the solution is known as Toyota Connect and is fully integrated with manufacturer and dealer systems.
Coupled with the MyToyota smartphone app, the device will allow drivers and passengers to connect to Wi-Fi, check the car’s battery health, get real-time roadside assistance, manage vehicle services, monitor the vehicle’s location using GPS, make service bookings and provide a digital logbook. Companies will be able to use them to monitor their fleet. The solution is fully compliant with the Protection of Personal Information Act.
The device will be standard in all new Toyota vehicles sold in South Africa from 1 September.
Really great for using navigation apps in the car etc but of course nothing is completely free as I'm sure this is somehow covered in the financing cost. Ther safety aspects though are really good (panic button and accident reporting apps) and seeing this is also going into all new minibus taxis it holds all sorts of other possibilities... One can also expect that other manufacturers may want to offer something similar.
#toyota New Toyotas sold in SA to come with a Wi-Fi hotspot, 15GB of data - TechCentral
All new Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in South Africa will be fitted with a device that provides telematics and a Wi-Fi hotspot to which up to 15 users will be able to connect.