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Toyota, Lexus Add Vegan Food Specialists to Destination Assist

HappyCow giving you happy car dining choices

  • HappyCow providing training and info

  • Works with select 2020 and newer models


Toyota and Lexus are getting a neat new option for their built-in navigation’s meal choice options. Thanks to a partnership with vegan and vegetarian-friendly online platform HappyCow, the automaker’s newest cars will have the ability to pick their cuisine when it comes time to find a restaurant.

Increasing numbers of people are becoming vegetarian or vegan, for countless reasons, and HappyCow has built an online platform to help those people find somewhere to eat. That feature will be integrated into Destination Assist on select 2020 and newer Toyota and Lexus cars, VegNews reports.

The system lets owners press the Destination button on the nav menu where they’re connected to a real person to find somewhere to eat (or one of a number of other destination options). Tell the rep you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian and the rep will use HappyCow to find a place near you plus give you directions. You can, of course, pick other types of foods, but this could be a game-changer for those customers with these diets.

“We are excited about being part of Toyota Connected’s Destination Assist, which allows owners of select 2020 Toyota/Lexus models to speak to live representatives who have been trained to use HappyCow,” Ken Spector, HappyCow Principal, told VegNews.

Destination Assist comes with a one year free trial for Toyotas and three with Lexus models. The service is currently US only but HappyCow is looking at expanding to other markets.

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