Toyota is bringing even more benefits to 2021 Sienna owners with the all-new Toyota Driver’s Companion feature in the Toyota app. Powered by Google Cloud, the app-based functionality includes a voice-activated virtual assistant – Joya. Designed to turn the owner’s manual experience into a digital one, Toyota Driver’s Companion will be offered as a pilot program exclusively on 2021 Sienna models, giving new drivers an interactive tool that guides them through the right vehicle information at good time.
“Our Sienna customers lead multifaceted lives, which is why we are constantly looking for ways to simplify even the most basic of tasks. We understand that even trying to figure out what ‘that button’ does can be a daunting question to answer in a busy week, ”said Joe Moses, general manager, Toyota Vehicle Marketing and Communications. “Toyota Driver’s Companion, offered exclusively on the all-new 2021 Sienna, will allow Sienna drivers to seamlessly access their vehicle information using technology powered by Google. “
Hosted in the Toyota app through Toyota Connected Services, the Toyota Driver’s Companion helps perform tasks such as configuring personal driving settings, locating button controls, exploring various safety features and information, and many other tasks.
“Toyota Driver’s Companion shows how cloud computing can support interactive and engaging consumer experiences in a natural and accessible format: voice,” said Dominik Wee, general manager of Google Manufacturing and Industrial. “By enhancing and personalizing the car manual using the power of the cloud, our goal is to help foster more thoughtful interactions between Toyota and Sienna drivers, such as responding to real-time inquiries. “
Built with Google Cloud Dialogflow®, Toyota Driver’s Companion enables Sienna drivers to ask personalized questions and provides real-time assistance at important times. The artificial intelligence-based voice-activated feature also features interactive enhancements such as exploring the vehicle’s dashboard, providing instructions on interior and exterior details of the car, and training drivers on cruise control. dynamic speed camera, lane departure warning and other safety features.
Google’s main strengths include:
- An easily accessible virtual voice in Toyota Driver’s Companion allows drivers to ask personal questions about their specific Sienna, such as “How high is my car?” And receive immediate responses via voice, display and interactive input.
- A fully personalized experience, organized automatically for the driver using the vehicle’s VIN number. For example, if the check engine light is on, Toyota Driver’s Companion can help identify the meaning of the light.
- Interactive access points inside the vehicle above the dashboard allow drivers to virtually explore the cabin. Drivers can explore button functionality, find specific dials, and learn more about car functions, such as how to slide the seats or open the doors, to get used to their new vehicle.
Toyota called the third-generation Sienna a “swagger wagon,” but the 2021 model takes it to a whole new level. Aiming to redefine the segment, the fourth generation Toyota Sienna reinvents the minivan to support a wider range of life stages and activities. With a standard hybrid powertrain in all trims and a range of new technologies and amenities, the 2021 Toyota Sienna raises the bar for style, safety, comfort, versatility and fuel economy in its segment. .