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Toyota launches telematics app in UAE

T-Connect app will give drivers navigation service via iOS and Android

Toyota launches telematics app in UAE
The app is available to new Toyota owners for free.

Al-Futtaim Motors, exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, has launched T-Connect, a new interactive telematics service for navigation.

The new app, which is available for iOS and Android devices, provides voice-guided navigation, directory information, off-road tracking and other services, with support from a bilingual service centre in Dubai. The UAE is only the third country in the world to roll out the app.

Users are able to find their destination with a simple call to the bi-lingual operators who will be able to locate them and direct them via voice guided interactive maps. The maps provide a choice of five different routes based on the user's current location including the shortest route, the best route and a toll-free route.

"Today, technology is synonymous with convenience and added comfort. Through T-Connect we will establish a seamless contact point with Toyota customers, at all times, so that they feel safer and more secure while on the move," said Jon Williams, managing director Al-Futtaim Motors at the launch event.

"This application enables us to extend the scope of navigation services, currently only fitted to around 12% of our cars, to every single new Toyota customer. For instance, our entry level Yaris customers can now enjoy the same convenience of navigation technology, mobility and other functions of the application as experienced by our top range Land Cruiser customers."

The app includes custom features for the UAE, including an off-road tracking service which identifies the off-roaders' present location and helps them find their way back by retracing the route they took.

It also offers other features such as Spot Search to help users look for landmarks in their city; My Spot, which stores favourite and frequent locations in one file and T-Connect Inbox, enabling Al-Futtaim Motors' customers to receive the latest Toyota updates, offers and promotions. Two further useful features are also available, the prayer time notification and the Qibla compass.

T-Connect is available for all new Toyota customers free of charge for the first year, or as a download from the Apple Store and the Android Market Place.

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