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.

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.