KDDI and AT&T to Enhance Connectivity in Lexus Vehicles
Collaboration will start with 2020 model-year vehicles and enhance connectivity with 4G LTE for millions through 2024.
Toyota and Lexus are bringing industry-leading connected car capabilities to their vehicles in the United States.
The collaboration of Toyota Motor North America, KDDI and AT&T will enable 4G LTE connectivity for all new-model Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks. This will start with 2020 model- year vehicles in the fall of 2019, across all 50 states.
The ecosystem will build on the joint Global Communications Platform announced by Toyota and KDDI in 2016 to support car connectivity.
Features will include:
- Wi-Fi hotspots so drivers can stream and share entertainment among multiple devices from the road
- Unlimited data plans offered by AT&T for eligible Toyota and Lexus vehicles
- Comprehensive connected services such as: remote start to crank up your car remotely and start up the heat or A/C; remote diagnostics to provide vehicle health information to customers and dealers; Destination Assist to provide convenience by downloading vehicle destinations to navigation systems; and Safety Connect to help in an emergency by connecting drivers to a 24/7 response center at the touch of a button
“With this type of connected technology, we’ll be delivering new, convenient and predictive experiences to our customers,” said Steve Basra, V.P. of Toyota, North America. “This Global Communications Platform, together with Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform, will also help us drive and achieve our vision of Mobility for All.”
“We’re looking forward to the launch of new Toyota and Lexus cars beginning in the fall of 2019,” added Masatoshi Nobuhara, President & CEO KDDI America. “It is a great honor that we can contribute to this project that aims for a future where vehicles are connected all over the world.”