LEXUS NEWS
Lexus’ Handy New App

10/06/2010—Here at Lexus magazine, we’ve been looking forward to Lexus’ first owner app, which the company just released for download.

Basically it’s a mobile version of Lexus Enform, so it’s definitely going to be pretty useful to Lexus owners that already have Lexus Enform subscriptions for their vehicles, although there are some handy features for all drivers.

For anyone unfamiliar with the vehicle version of Lexus Enform, this subscription-based service—officially called Lexus Enform[1][2] with Safety Connect[1][3]—is essentially a “suite” of communication and safety services, all integrated into the navigation system. Highlights include Destination Assist, which allows the driver to contact a 24/7 call center for directions[4], as well as eDestination, which allows drivers to search for addresses on a PC, organize them in “folders,” and send the addresses or folders to their Lexus navigation system.[5]

In the new Lexus Enform app, which is free, Lexus made eDestination the star feature, which makes perfect sense, because this tool is perfectly suited for a mobile device. With the app version, you can find an address on your phone, send it to your vehicleıııs navigation system, and then follow the nav system directions when driving.

Consider the possibilities. Let’s say a business partner has taken you to dinner at a new restaurant, which you decide you like. Using your Lexus Enform app, you could search for the restaurant address and send it to your Lexus, so you can later find it easily from your house—all before dessert.

Furthermore, let’s say you already had an existing eDestination folder storing all your favorite restaurants. You can send the address right to that folder: the app automatically syncs up the folder organization between phone and vehicle.

The Lexus Enform app is worth downloading for its other features as well. A “Dealers Nearby” tool helps you, as the name suggests, locate the closest Lexus dealer, if needed, when far from home. There’s also extensive info on your vehicle’s features via videos, demos, the works; roadside assistance[6] information; and, of course, a quick connection to the mobile version of Lexus magazine.

—BRIAN GILL, MANAGING EDITOR

Legal Disclaimers

[1] Lexus Enform® and Safety Connect™ are available on select Lexus models. Contact with the Lexus Enform and/or Safety Connect response center is dependent upon the telematics device being in operative condition, cellular connection availability, navigation map data and GPS satellite signal reception, which can limit the ability to reach the response center or receive emergency support. Enrollment and Telematics Subscription Service Agreement required.

[2] Lexus Enform® premium services Destination Assist and eDestination will function in the contiguous United States. These services may also function in Hawaii and limited areas of Alaska for vehicles that contain map data for those states. They will not function in Canada or in other countries outside the United States.

[3] The Safety Connect™ services Automatic Collision Notification, Emergency Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Location will function in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, and in Canada. Enhanced Roadside Assistance will function in the United States (except for Hawaii) and in Canada. No Safety Connect services will function outside of the United States in countries other than Canada.

[4] Safety Connect is available. Contact with the Safety Connect™ response center is dependent on the telematics device being in operative condition, cellular connection availability, navigation map data and GPS satellite signal reception, which can limit the ability to reach the response center or receive emergency support. Enrollment and Telematics Subscription Service Agreement required. A variety of subscription terms is available; charges may vary by subscription term selected.

[5] Availability and accuracy of the information provided by the Navigation System or any XM services mentioned (if installed) are dependent upon many factors. Use common sense when relying on information provided. Services not available in every city or roadway. Periodic Navigation updates available at additional cost. Please see your Navigation System Owner’s Manual or contact XM for details.

[6] Coverage only available in the continental U.S. and Canada. Please see your Lexus dealer for details.