16 August 2001
TOYOTA AND LEXUS LAUNCH SATELLITE NAVIGATION SYSTEM
Toyota and Lexus are to offer satellite navigation on more than 80 percent of their combined range by the end of this year.
The satellite navigation system uses breakthrough DVD data storage for the first time.
DVD allows faster route calculation and recalculation.
A single DVD disc contains all road map data for Australia, equivalent to 16 street directories costing $600 and weighing 16 kilograms.
The adoption of satellite navigation by Toyota and Lexus is expected to drive an upsurge in demand for the new technology.
Map data collectors Pacific Access estimate just 15,000 vehicles are currently fitted with satellite navigation.
Toyota alone is expected to put 25 percent on that value in the next 12 months.
The new system is the first to offer touch screen control which is claimed to provide simple entry of route instructions.
Eleven of the 12 Sat Nav models will have exclusive touch-screen menu selection and scrolling.
First to be launched with satellite navigation will be Lexus IS 300 and upgraded IS 200 Luxury Option.
They will be followed a month later by Toyota Celica, Tarago, RAV4 and Prius, and Lexus LS 430, new SC 430, GS 300 and new ES 300.
By year’s end, Sat Nav will also be available on Toyota Avalon, new Corolla and new seven-seater Avensis Verso.
LandCruiser 100 Series, LandCruiser Prado, Lexus LX 470 and Camry will be offered with Sat Nav in late 2002.
A dual-map function can provide both a route overview and a close-up of the turns.
The system also has a user-friendly route preview function.
Toyota’s Sat Nav system provides for multi-destination input.
Additional destinations can be added to the route at any time while the vehicle is stationary.
As well as adding destinations, the user can re-order the destinations/waypoints.
The in-dash display has provision to be oriented like a hard copy map.
It can point to the north or to the direction of travel as a means of easing driver recognition.
Voice instructions clearly tell the driver about upcoming intersections and other turns.
The DVD allows both the map and the voice to quickly recalibrate and continue to the destination even if the driver misses a turn.
Features include a points of interest library which offers a large menu of tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels, shops, community services and amusements.
A driver can also pre-program up to 106 locations.
Toyota's Satellite Navigation system.