Stamford, CT – HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group (NYSE:HAR), is providing enhanced navigation and connected services as an add-on module for the Touch 2 on-board infotainment system in the new Toyota Yaris. With features including real-time traffic updates, full map navigation and many other connected services, the new module – titled “Go” – is designed to make journeys safer, smoother and more enjoyable for Toyota Yaris drivers. The new Toyota Yaris with Touch 2 with Go will be available this summer.
The new system is the latest chapter in a collaboration between HARMAN and Toyota that goes back almost two decades, to 1996. “Right from the beginning, Harman and Toyota have shared a common focus on innovation that makes infotainment easy to use and benefits drivers and passengers alike,” said Sachin Lawande, President Infotainment Division, HARMAN. “This Harman system for the new Yaris remains true to our vision, with enhanced navigation and connected services that make journeys safer and more enjoyable for drivers.”
Engineers at Toyota and HARMAN have worked hard to design a system that harmonizes perfectly with the Toyota Touch 2 platform. As well as stress-free navigation with clear, visual signposting of junctions on the display, drivers can obtain real-time traffic updates, alerting them to congestion ahead. The intuitive detour function estimates the delay and suggests an alternative route to keep the journey on schedule and avoid the stress of queues. And when traffic is moving freely, the Touch 2 with Go helps ensure a safe journey with speed limit displays and optional speed warning settings. Fixed and even mobile safety camera warnings (in countries where this feature is legal) help drivers anticipate and adjust their speed accordingly. If drivers need help in an emergency, they can call for assistance at the touch of a key, and communicate their exact location – as displayed on the screen – directly to emergency or breakdown services. In addition, drivers can enjoy right from their device functionalities like Panoramio, Google Street View, Google Local Search, Aupeo, Coyote, and other services that can be installed easily through the my.toyota.eu customer portal.
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HARMAN (NYSE:HAR) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of approximately 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2014.