From Mthulisi Sibanda in Johannesburg
TOYOTA Motors South Africa (TMSA) is to drive
what is possibly Africa’s first connected vehicles following a
partnership with Vodacom and Altron Netstar.
As of September 1, all new Toyota and Lexus models sold in South Africa
will come standard with in-car Wi-Fi including 15GB free data as well as
a host of connectivity features and benefits courtesy of Toyota Connect.
It is a major extension of the MyToyota App.
Andrew Kirby, TMSA president and chief executive officer, said as Toyota
transitioned from being an automotive to a mobility-solutions
organisation, it became imperative to collaborate with companies whose
visions align with their.
He said the importance of telematics and telecommunications in
tomorrow’s vehicles could not be overstated, hence the partnership with
Altron, Netstar, and Vodacom.
“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of how connected technologies
can enhance their lives and our task as a forward-thinking organisation
is to evolve in tandem with market expectations,” Kirby said.
The partnership aligns with Vodacom’s goal to become the leading
Internet of Things (IoT) solutions partner.
Vodacom will provide Toyota vehicles with in-vehicle Wi-Fi and
telematics connectivity, enabling seamless communication between vehicle
owners and vehicles.
“This partnership is a key part of Vodacom's IoT strategy, and is a step
closer to realising our ambition to create opportunities for innovation
in South Africa as well as the broader continent, bolstered by growth in
IoT,” said William Mzimba, chief executive officer at Vodacom Business.
Mteto Nyati, Altron group chief executive, believes the
locally-developed technology enables connectivity and offers real-time
data to Toyota and its customers.
“It positions Altron and South Africa as relevant players in the
internet of things globally. We are truly excited about this
collaboration,” Nyati said.
- CAJ News