Toyota to Offer Upgraded Satellite-Based Communications, Like On-Star

Toyota announced it will revamp its failing G-Book telematics communications service to allow drivers to contact police or fire department in case of a traffic accident or medical emergency and, in case of a boredom emergency, make on-demand purchases of music. The system, which will be standard equipment some new models sold in Japan, enables data communications at 2.4Mbps, 16 times faster than its predecessor, and will cost around $112 annually. The company hasn't released plans to bring G-Book to the states, but if it does, it will go button to button with GM's OnStar.

Toyota Satellite System Takes Aim at OnStar [Edmunds]

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