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2019 Corolla: Are future map updates likely to be free?

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A bit of an idle question here...

I was perusing another forum here and came across a query about satnav map updates for the Yaris. Owners were saying they get free map updates for the first 3 years as did one Prius owner.

Now, at the time of ordering my 2019 Corolla I asked the salesman about this and he seemed a little unsure but thought the updates for the Corolla would NOT be free. I left it at that but now I'm wondering what the true situation is because said salesman, though generally quite good, did get a couple of other facts wrong.

So my question is this: does anybody know anything factual about the cost, free or otherwise, of any future satnav map updates in the first years of ownership of a new Corolla? Has this info been published anywhere??

Also, being new to built-in satnavs, are these updates likely to include updated speed camera information?

Cheers.

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They are free for three years after purchase. The updates are every six months (and a bit of a faff to apply). No idea about speed camera information as that's of no concern to me.

The sat nav is okay, it does the job. It seems accurate enough but I know of one road closure that the maps know nothing about despite it being blocked off for several years now.

I'd have preferred to have just continued using my phone but sat nav came with the trim level I wanted so I've accepted it.

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doesn't refer specifically to MM19 but:

  • Free map updates for three years to keep your routes up to date
  • Free online connected services for three years to allow you to make the most of all the apps in the system and stay connected wherever you are when connected to the internet 

https://www.toyota-europe.com/service-and-accessories/genuine-accessories/upgrade-toyota-touch-2

 

If you are concerned about speed cameras I would run something like Waze as well as this will be updated more quickly (especially with regard to mobile cameras)

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3 minutes ago, Heidfirst said:

If you are concerned about speed cameras I would run something like Waze as well as this will be updated more quickly (especially with regard to mobile cameras)

An even better solution is just to keep within the posted limit 😉

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Just now, AndrueC said:

An even better solution is just to keep within the posted limit 😉

well, that too - but asking the question suggests that he might not be amenable 😛

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12 hours ago, Heidfirst said:

doesn't refer specifically to MM19 but:

  • Free map updates for three years to keep your routes up to date
  • Free online connected services for three years to allow you to make the most of all the apps in the system and stay connected wherever you are when connected to the internet 

https://www.toyota-europe.com/service-and-accessories/genuine-accessories/upgrade-toyota-touch-2

 

If you are concerned.........

What does MM19 refer to?

Is this the code for the current Corolla spec?

I read that the Rav is to have a tilt sensor included in the new spec, any news that this may come to theCorolla ?

Any info on when / what the new spec will be for the Corolla?

I assume you can get the dealer to update the maps when the car goes in for service?

A lot of different questions I know but all answers would be appreciated 

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MM19 is MultiMedia19 - the forthcoming infotainment system on the 2020MY C-HR & presumably Corolla, RAV4 etc. as they get updated.

The current is MM17 where the first 3 years from registration as new are free.

I imagine that the tilt sensor is likely to be added to new production Corollas when they get updated for new MY or 1/2 MY changes depending upon location of the CAT & if Toyota reckon that theft of it is likely to be an issue. I think that Devon Aygo may have already alluded (January?) but can't really remember.  edit:

 

Yes, some may charge for the labour (it takes time - potentially up to ~1hr for the full Europe maps, you can cut that down by only installing the maps of countries that you actually need - with the engine running), some don't.

 

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Thanks to all who replied. It sounds like the first 3 years of updates would most likely be free, then. 
I hope that the camera info will be updated too. I don't have a suitable mobile data plan so can't use Waze or any apps or live updates of any sort unfortunately but thanks for the additional ideas. It's not a big issue for me.

15 hours ago, AndrueC said:

An even better solution is just to keep within the posted limit 😉

Ah but I do! I am a careful female driver with decades of experience, not a speed freak by any means. But as I've got older I feel I do need to stay more focused on what speed I'm doing, I want to drive safely. I use the speed limiter on the car quite a bit now that I have it and the warning beeps of approaching fixed cameras are a helpful reminder too. I was just idly wondering if they would be updated with the maps. Some years ago I used to download this manually from an online database but that was for a standalone SatNav device. 

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Sorry to hijack the thread but say when going in for a service would the maps be updated by the dealer or is it something we have to try and do our selves?

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1 hour ago, Chattacks said:

Sorry to hijack the thread but say when going in for a service would the maps be updated by the dealer or is it something we have to try and do our selves?

A dealer could do it but they'd charge. The problem is that if you choose to update everything it takes about an hour during which time the engine has to be running. They can't do it during the service so that's an extra hour while the car is sat blocking a service bay for which they'd charge.

Updating is a bit of a faff but it's something we're expected to do for ourselves. The exact steps are (from here )

  • register satnav (https://www.toyota.co.uk/tme#/my-toyota/)
  • "purchase" map update (https://www.toyota.co.uk/tme#/my-toyota/)
  • make note of activation key (important, although it should appear in a confirmation email)
  • download zip
  • extract zip
  • copy FMU folder to the USB (requires 11.2GB)
  • start car
  • put in usb
  • nav system will verify the update
  • acknowledge the update
  • put in the activation key
  • wait an hour
  • at the end take out usb when directed
  • the nav system will reboot.

Note that purchasing the app will be free during the first three years but you still have to click through several pages including a statement of the tax you owe (20% VAT on zero is of course zero).

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It is my understanding that you can download and install updates yourself (via "My Toyota" web account), though it can be a time consuming process for some. I've seen reports of an hour or more for the download and/or the car to install the software. It might be possible/quicker to download the file/s to a USB stick and use that to update the car maybe,I don't know.  I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I expect you could ask your dealer to do any updates for you when you go in for a service but it's possible they might request some sort of payment for this. Again, I really don't know so it would be best to check with your individual dealer if this is what you would prefer.

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