Traffic jams drive motorists crazy and it gets worse when you're not only stuck, but have also lost your way. Now you can make driving safer, more fun and more tolerable with a smartphone application.
The navigation mobile app developed by Toyota Motor lets drivers, regardless of the brand of their cars, to use smartphones as an intelligent navigator. Dubbed Toyota smart G-Book, the app uses a map of Thailand to report the status of traffic routes and to recommend a better-flowing itinerary to help drivers save time, cost and energy.
The Traffic Information feature reports traffic condition that enables users to plan their journey. The information, provided by the Intelligent Traffic Information Centre, is displayed in colour: green, yellow, and red showing how congested the traffic in each area.
Besides the navigation and traffic information, Manatpat Suwanmana, assistant manager of Toyota Motor Thailand, said a distinguishing feature of this app is Operator Service. The 24-hour call centre service enables users to conveniently reach their destination faster by helping them search the route and delivering to destination that they want. The English-language service is available from 8am to 5pm.
The feature "G-Road" helps coordinate in case of emergency and "G-Life" works with the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand which has a nationwide network.
Thailand is the second country after Japan to introduce the smart G-Book app this year. Users are required to register as members, and the service fee is 1,000 baht per year. The app now has 80,000 downloads with 22,000 users.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary in Thailand, Toyota is offering 50,000 smart G-book applications for the public to download for free until the end of the year. The trial version is valid for 30 days. The app is available on iOS and Android platforms.