Toyota News Update: Release of TC Smartphone Navigation System App Announced; Free Smartphone App Now Available In Japan

Dec 03, 2016 10:26 AM EST | Jessie Valenzuela

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TC Smartphone Navigation App, a free navigation system released yesterday by Toyota Motor Corporation, can now be enjoyed in Japan. It is dedicated for smartphone users who want to obtain information on street directions and avoid getting stuck in traffic jams.

Revealed on the first day of December, the TC Smarthone Navigation is mirrored to similar traffic navigation tools offered by Toyota's competitors, which gives information about traffic-free paths to go to. The update this free navigation app provides is not only limited to driving routes, but also about what's happening on the streets that can affect travel time. Among those who already released navigation tool apps are companies such as Apple, Google, and Alphabet, Inc.; Toyota wants to be at par with them on the said platform, according to 's blog post. 

On top of TC App's availability and compatibility with smartphones, Toyota'a official website gives free access to the navigation system app, especially when it comes to helping out in relief operations or any disaster evacuation. TC Navigation or its route history map heavily relies on gathered traffic data to show a car's itinerary behavior as well. T-probe traffic data are taken from on-board communication modules (DCM), via paid T-Connect smartphones, with an annual payment of ¥2,500/US$22. 

Toyota considers the visibility and the operability enhancement of TC Smartphone Navigation App in the coming days will take care of users' security and convenient mobility, as well as a wider range of customers. The goal focuses on delivering globally-competitive and accumulation of customer experience through regular usage of data being provided by TC Smartphone App. Aerial captures of disaster-affected areas visible through the route history map also makes this app user-friendly and helpful,  reported. Eventually, Toyota plans to reach out with other external service providers and akippa, Inc. gets to be its first partner; and soon, the firm will do the same with Park24 Co., Ltd.

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