EU: Toyota to launch second internet-connected infotainment system

At the Paris Motor Show, Toyota revealed the specs of the new Verso S MPV. The equipment list of the Toyota Verso S includes on-board audio, Bluetooth and rear parking monitor. After the launch of the Toyota Verso S the company will also introduce a Navi-Box multimedia booster system.

The Toyota Verso S price list will be announced later, as the new version of the MPV will go on sale in February 2011.

Toyota marks a first in the mini-MPV segment by equipping Verso-S with a new 6.1-inch, full colour Touch Screen Multimedia Interface. This gives clear and easy access to controls for the radio, CD/MP3 player and Bluetooth. There is also a USB port for connecting portable music players, and the screen can display album cover artwork (with compatible music players) and present the real-time view from a rear parking camera.

At a later date, Toyota will introduce Navi-Box as an option, a booster system that allows pictures to be viewed and music to be sorted from a USB-connected source.

Navi-Box enhances satellite navigation functions, with speed camera warnings and motorway signage, and it gives access to Google-connected services, for example points of interest that can be downloaded from the internet and entered as destinations. Other applications include links to social networking services, fuel prices, news and weather reports.

Note: At the Paris Motor Show, Aisin AW displayed an internet-capable Toyota navigation system.


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