How You Can Get Mobile Collision Assistance in Dixon, IL

Collision Assistance | Dixon, IL

Getting into a car accident is always a difficult situation, especially here in Dixon, but Toyota has developed an app feature to help Toyota owners like you get through the post-collision process as smoothly as possible. Called Collision Assistance, the feature is available via the Toyota mobile app and gives owners step-by-step instructions.

Available In The Toyota App

“Safety for our customers is paramount. The minutes following an accident can be critical — drivers are often confused and uncertain about what to do. By incorporating Collision Assistance into our owner app, we can offer help when it is needed,” said Steve Basra, Toyota Motor North America, Connected Technologies group vice president.

One of the perks of this new feature is that because it works through the Toyota app, it already comes pre-populated with relevant vehicle information you would want to have on hand when dealing with the aftermath of a collision, such as your car’s VIN number or model year.

Guided Instructions

After a wreck, Collision Assistance will urge you to move to a safe location and call 911 for emergency help, as well as advise you not to admit fault to anyone. The app will then guide you through the process of documenting the accident, including vehicle damage, and notifying your insurance company so you can get the claims process started right away. It can also help you find a repair shop where you may restore your Toyota back to its prior condition.

While recovering from a collision, it can be difficult to keep your head straight and remember what to do. Thanks to Toyota’s Collision Assistance feature, your problems just got a little easier to handle.

Of course, it’d be even better to avoid getting into an accident in the first place. Visit Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon, Illinois, to take a look at the latest Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs — all of which have automatic emergency braking as standard technology.

Have You Downloaded the Toyota App?

Toyota App | Dixon, IL

Did you know that Toyota has a handy smartphone app that lets you perform basic functionalities on your vehicle from the palm of your hand? We at Ken Nelson Toyota highly suggest that you download the Toyota app; here are some reasons why.

Monitor your vehicle’s health

It’s not easy to stay up-to-date with the health of your vehicle when you’re juggling a busy career and an even busier family. The Toyota app lets you check your Toyota’s health by alerting you to possible recalls, service campaigns, and maintenance needs. The app can even tell you if your key fob battery is low or if an oil change is needed.

Remote control functions

Your phone can serve as a remote control for your vehicle when you sign up for Toyota Remote Connect through the app. This service allows you to lock and unlock the doors, start and stop the engine, and locate your car in a crowded parking lot.

Pay your bills

If you financed your vehicle through Toyota when you did business here at Ken Nelson Toyota, you can make payments on your lease or loan through the Toyota app. Check out the current balance on your loan and see when your next payment is due.

If you’d love to use these handy smartphone features but you don’t have a Toyota, visit Ken Nelson Toyota in Dixon, Illinois, to find a compatible car, truck, or SUV.

2021 Avalon Will Offer All-Wheel Drive

2021 Avalon Will Offer All-Wheel Drive | Dixon, IL
2021 Avalon Will Offer All-Wheel Drive | Dixon, IL

For the 2021 model year, Toyota is introducing a long-awaited feature for the 2021 Avalon. Reports from Toyota confirm that the sedan will come available with all-wheel drive.

It will be the first time that this model offers an all-wheel drive option. This development is not entirely unexpected, however, as last year’s Avalon model featured a TRD performance trim, suggesting that more performance-based features could be making their way to the Avalon in the near future.

For drivers who are more concerned about efficiency than they are all-wheel drive, Toyota offers the 2021 Avalon in three different hybrid trims. Although the all-wheel drive feature is not available with any of the Avalon Hybrid models, these fuel-efficient Avalon variants achieve an estimated fuel economy of 44 mpg combined, making the Avalon one of the most efficient sedans in its class.*

Whether you are looking for a sedan that focuses on fuel economy or one that has the all-wheel drive capabilities to take on any on-road challenge, the 2021 Toyota Avalon is the model for you. Experience it for yourself when it arrives at Ken Nelson Toyota later this year. Until then, stop by to test-drive the other Toyota sedans we have in stock.

*EPA-estimated 43 city/44 highway/44 combined mpg for 2021 Avalon Hybrid XLE. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year

Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year | Dixon, IL
Toyota to Provide Free Safety Software Starting Early Next Year | Dixon, IL

Starting in January 2021, Toyota will provide its Total Human Model for Safety software free for users worldwide.

Understanding THUMS

Toyota first launched this software system, often referred to by the acronym THUMS, in 2000. It was the world’s first software to simulate a virtual human body and analyze crash injuries.

Since that time, Toyota has updated THUMS to include human models of different ages, genders, and physical attributes. The company has also increased the fidelity of the software’s bone structure, musculature, internal organ, and brain simulations. This means that THUMS can now analyze potential injuries to both car occupants and pedestrians.

Representatives from Toyota claim that THUMS is a massive leap forward over physical test dummies, as the virtual simulations more accurately depict the particular shapes and strengths of different human body parts during an impact.

Influential tech for all

THUMS is currently in use at over 100 universities, suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and research institutes globally, with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety considering making THUMS a part of their assessments.

Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota’s head of advanced R&D and engineering, says the decision to make THUMS freely available is an attempt “to further enhance vehicle safety across the entire automotive industry and to help reduce traffic injuries and fatalities.” Toyota hopes making THUMS freely available will both further vehicle safety research and enable users to improve the system’s human models.

Celebrate the brand’s progressive technologies when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new Toyota model.

New Toyota Solar Cells Add More Miles to Prius Plug-in

Toyota Prius Solar Cells | Dixon IL

The Toyota Prius PHV, a Japan-exclusive model of the hybrid, first came into the spotlight because of its mounted solar power cells built to increase power for the engine. Recently, Toyota unveiled a new design of its solar power cells, which not only enhances the car’s power supply but also extends its range.  

The batteries are positioned over a broader area of the body including the hood, top, and rear hatch door. The new technology includes a redesigned solar battery cell film that measures only 0.03 millimeters, or less than 0.0012 inches. The new version is capable of generating 860 W, about 4.8 times more than the current model on the market.

The technology is a result of the partnership between NEDO, a Japanese national research organization, and Sharp, the manufacturer of the cells. Together they were able to produce an updated prototype that converts solar energy at 34 percent efficiency, up from 22.5 percent for the current model. The increased power generation allows the vehicle to power its own battery, whereas the current commercial model was only able to power the onboard auxiliary battery, which runs the radio, air conditioning systems, and navigation.

Altogether, Toyota expects the new design to be able to add 27.7 miles of extra range for each day the Prius sits in the sun. The driving system and auxiliary battery can also receive an added 35 miles of power in the same situation.

Celebrate this expanded range of the Prius PHV when you stop by Ken Nelson Toyota to test-drive a shiny new Prius.