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Monday, January 10, 2022

Toyota To Launch New Service That Retrofits Cars With New Technology

Toyota will soon let customers add features like advanced driver assist systems to select late-model cars. The service, called Kinto Factory will launch this month and aims to let motorists benefit from new technology without having to buy a new car.

Kinto Factory will initially offer customers two basic services: upgrading and remodeling. Upgrading is defined as retrofitting safety and convenience functions, like emergency braking assist, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, and a hands-free tailgate or trunk lid. Meanwhile, Remodeling involves replacing worn or damaged parts inside and out, such as the upholstery, the seat cushions, and the steering wheel.

Personalization will join the list of services at a later date, partly because it involves gathering data on how drivers use their car.

The list of cars eligible to receive a makeover from Kinto Factory include the Prius, Lexus UX, and Lexus NX.

Pricing information and availability will be announced closer to the program’s launch. However, Toyota notes that each upgrade will be available individually, so customers will be able to select precisely what’s added to their car, and that all of the parts will be backed by a warranty.

So far, Toyota hasn’t announced plans to bring the Kinto Factory program outside Japan. However, it added that the upgrades detailed above represent the program’s first step, and it clarified that it’s open to the idea of expanding the service in overseas markets.

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