New Toyota Sienna Owner’s Manual App Will Answer Oral Questions

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Interactive resource takes paperless manuals to the next level – just make sure your phone is charged

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Show of Hands: When was the last time you rushed to your car’s glove box in search of its owner’s manual after failing to decipher a new vehicle feature? If, like me, your answer is “just the other day”, then you’re in the vast minority.

Hey, at least you’re in good company with the crew here at Conduct.

But the reality is that only a small percentage of drivers crack the back of this increasingly thick tome that takes up all the space in a dashboard cargo bay. It’s gotten to the point where some manufacturers add a bit of velcro to the thing and stick it in the trunk. Add to that the need to explain everything in both official languages ​​and you have the recipe for a document that War and peace look like a brochure for the local theater.

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Toyota has a solution. Starting with the 2021 Sienna minivan, a new section will be added to the company’s smartphone app. It’s called Toyota Driver’s Companion and seeks to explain the features and benefits of your new vehicle in full color with lots of animations. They partnered with Google to create the program, using the power of Google Cloud to deliver this pilot program exclusively on 2021 Sienna models.

Hosted in the Toyota app via Toyota Connected Services, the Toyota Driver Companion helps perform tasks such as configuring personal driving settings, locating button controls, exploring various features, providing security information and a host of other tasks. The program allows users to ask personalized questions with the aim of providing real-time assistance for tasks.

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Some examples? The app can apparently answer certain voice questions such as “How tall is my car?”, which is handy information to know before heading to an underground car park, for example. Interactive hotspots throughout the vehicle’s interior allow drivers to virtually explore the cabin, and everything can be linked to a specific VIN for further customization (and, perhaps, a bit of data collection). information from Toyota).

2021 Sienna owners can get exclusive access to the Toyota Driver’s Companion by downloading the Toyota app.

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