There is an interesting change coming for the 2021 Toyota Sienna: Instead of coming with a printed owner’s manual, buyers will have access to the brand new Toyota Driver’s Companion. This tool is a part of the Toyota App, is powered by Google Cloud, and provides drivers with a digital, voice-activated virtual assistant named Joya. Joya has been engineered to elevate the traditional driver’s manual into a very convenient digital form. Toyota Driver’s Companion app is currently a pilot program that is exclusive to the 2021 Toyota Sienna and to help you learn a bit more about it, we have expanded upon it below.
Before you can interact with Joya, you need to download the Toyota Driver’s Companion app on your phone. Once you have it installed, you can interact with Joya through a series of voice commands, much like Google Home, Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa. She will recognize natural speech questions and then respond to them in a pleasant female voice. By using the app, you will be able to ask questions and receive voice, display, and interactive input answers. For example, if you suspect your tire pressure is low, simply ask Joya and she will inform you whether or not you need to add some air.
The Toyota Driver’s Companion has some additional beneficial features, such as the following:
Designed to provide drivers with real-time assistance when they need it most, this transition to a digital assistant is meant to make learning about your vehicle a simpler process.
“Toyota Driver’s Companion, offered exclusively on the all-new 2021 Sienna, will allow Sienna drivers to access information about their vehicles in a seamless way thanks to the technology powered by Google.”–Joe Moses, Toyota Vehicle Marketing and Communications
Here are the main highlights of this Google-powered companion app:
You can learn even more about this exciting app via the following video directly from Toyota:
The change to the 2021 Sienna’s driver’s manual is just one of many for this new model. With the aim of redefining the Sienna, the minivan has undergone some considerable changes. Standard across all trim levels is a hybrid powertrain, and you can expect to see a bevy of new and improved amenities and technology.
Among those improvements are a 10-inch color heads-up display (Platinum trim), which is controlled via switches on the steering wheel. The display provides drivers with important information such as navigation directions and speed. Also available is a digital rearview mirror, which functions by supplementing your view with a camera image from the rear of the vehicle in the event that cargo or passengers are obstructing your view. As always with any Toyota, convenience and safety were a crucial concept in the redesign of the 2021 Toyota Sienna.
The addition of the Toyota Driver’s Companion app to the 2021 Sienna is a uniquely innovative feature that focuses on making the driving experience safer and simpler. With the ability to do so much, the app stands poised to become the norm across Toyota’s entire line if the pilot project is successful.
If your interest has been piqued regarding the 2021 Sienna, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Westbury Toyota for more information about the vehicle and all purchasing and leasing options.