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2022 Toyota Tundra connected services extended, remote start update


One of the big gripes with the 2022 Toyota Tundra that deals with remote start and connected services will be resolved soon. Sorta.

recent announcement from Toyota states Safety Connect and Service Connect trials will be extended to 10 years after the purchase date of the truck. But, that’s not all. 

Remote start fixed for 2022 Toyota Tundra?

Before I get into what extended Safety Connect and Service Connect trials mean, let’s address the big deal: remote start.

For those who don’t know, remote start can be activated two ways on the 2022 Toyota Tundra. 

One way is to use the Toyota app to remotely connect to your truck to start it up. This is part of the Remote Service suite of paid subscriptions and this is still a 1-year trial. Currently, Toyota Connected Services costs either $8/month of $80/year. Another way to do remote start is through the key fob and a secret Toyota trick. For this to work, you hit lock, lock and then hold lock and the truck will start. 

Toyota’s Corey Profitt, Toyota Connected Services Head of Communication, had previously told us that this remote start trick was tied to an app subscription. However, in a new clarification, he told us this remote start will keep working for as long as 4G technology remains in service. In other words: This key fob trick will not be supported in the future.

And sorry, the remote start will continue to turn off when you open the door to any truck.  

What 2022 Toyota Tundra connected services are extended?

What then is the big deal with this announcement? There are few notable services, which were previously 1- or 3-year trials, that have now extended to 10 years. 

First, Safety Connect has been extended. This includes: 

  • Emergency Assistance: The vehicle’s Emergency Assistance Button is designed to offer drivers a simple, 24-hour connection to response center agents, who can request dispatch of necessary emergency services directly to the vehicle’s location in case of a medical or other emergency on the road.
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance: The Emergency Assistance button can connect drivers with 24-hour Roadside Assistance at no additional cost to provide battery jumpstarts, emergency fuel delivery, tire repair or replacement service and towing and winching as necessary. In the event of an accidental lockout, users can also use the Toyota app on their smartphones to receive emergency lockout protection assistance.
  • Automatic Collision Notification: Toyota’s 24-hour response center will automatically be notified in the event of an airbag deployment or severe rear-end collision. The 24-hour response center agent will attempt to speak with the vehicle’s occupants, then notify local emergency services to request dispatch of emergency services to the vehicle’s location.
  • Stolen Vehicle Locator: If a vehicle is stolen, our response center agents can assist authorities in locating the vehicle using GPS technology immediately after filing a police report.

Second, Toyota’s Service Connect suite of features has been extended, and it includes:

  • Maintenance Reminder: Routine maintenance is key for a vehicle to run at its best. With Service Connect, maintenance reminders can be sent to owners via email, the Toyota app or through the Toyota Owners’ account.
  • Vehicle Health Report: Important information about the vehicle, such as recall and service campaigns, vehicle warnings and alerts, maintenance information can easily be accessed via the Toyota app.
  • Vehicle Maintenance Alert: Should an owner opt for this service; vehicle alerts and maintenance alerts can be shared with a preferred dealer. The dealer can then contact the customer when maintenance is required.

These trial extensions are not just for the 2022 Toyota Tundra, they also apply to other Toyota vehicles, including:

  • 2023 bZ4X
  • 2023 Corolla
  • 2023 Corolla Hatchback
  • 2023 Corolla Cross
  • 2023 Crown
  • 2023 GR Corolla
  • 2023 Highlander
  • 2023 RAV4
  • 2023 Sequoia
  • 2023 Tundra
  • 2023 Venza

The 2022 Toyota Tundra will receive this extended trial at no extra cost. 

The bottom line

Extending these trials to 10 years is really helpful for new owners and, with the exception of remote start, shouldn’t be something new Tundra owners will need to worry about. Now used Tundra buyers will be subject to future subscription fees to use their truck to the fullest potential.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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