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3 Vehicles fitted with ITS Connect


If any vehicle that is effected by this technical bulletin (by make/model/model code) has damage that requires photos are uploaded to BIS, please prioritise the damage photos and note the ITS-Connect status in the Damage notes.

For example:

  • ITS Connect not fitted, or
  • ITS-Connect fitted and active, or
  • ITS-Connect fitted and de-activated/removed.

The ITS Connect system fitted to some vehicles originating in Japan operates by broadcasting a signal on the 760MHz frequency. This frequency is not compatible with the licensing framework in New Zealand. Under the Radio Communications Act 1989 it is illegal to import or operate a device that operates on this frequency

The purpose of this technical bulletin is to define a process for identifying vehicles fitted with ITS Connect systems and how these vehicles need to be processed if an ITS Connect system is fitted.

The process outlined below shows the steps border inspection organisations (BIOs) can take to assure they act with due diligence, best endeavours, and based upon the best information available.

BIOs to provide data to Waka Kotahi

The BIOs, specifically Automotive Technologies Limited, ATJ, JEVIC, Independent Verification Systems (IVS), and NZ Biosecurity Services, as per the requirements of this manual, will provide data to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency regarding the presence of ITS Connect on vehicles they inspect, subject to the prerequisites below.

All reasonable efforts outlined in this process will be made to assure the BIOs provide the most accurate information. All responsibility for importing any vehicle remains with the importer.

The process for BIOs to follow

From 1 April 2021 BIOs must check if vehicles they inspect (that are on the defined make and model list) are fitted with an ITS Connect system.

Vehicles coming to New Zealand from Japan

Process for ITS Connect fitted vehicle

Vehicles that must be inspected for ITS Connect

Make

Model

Vehicle Year

Most likely fitment

Lexus

RX

2016+

Manufacturer option

Lexus

LS

2018+

Equipped standard in all variants

Lexus

RX

2018+

Equipped standard in advanced variants, likely option in others

Lexus

ES

2018+

Equipped standard in advanced variants, likely option in others

Lexus

UX

2018+

Equipped standard in advanced variants, likely option in others

Toyota

Prius PHV

2016+

Manufacturer option

Toyota

Prius

2016+

Manufacturer option

Toyota

Crown

2016+

Manufacturer option

Toyota

Harrier

2018+

Manufacturer option

Toyota

Alphard

2018+

Manufacturer option

Toyota

Vellfire

2018+

Manufacturer option

Toyota

Noah

2018+

Dealer option

Inspecting the vehicle for an active ITS Connect system

To determine if ITS Connect is fitted and operational, two checks must be made to the vehicle. The first check is on the driver information display (MID, or MFD). The second check is on the navigation system.

In both cases the inspector will be looking for any indication of settings that are associated with an active ITS Connect system.

Note: the images below do not cover all vehicles. This page will be updated as manufacturers supply further content and advice.

ITS Connect manufacturer option inspection

ITS Connect dealer option check

Identifying ITS Connect in a Toyota Prius

Video example
Visual guide to identifying ITS Connect in a Toyota Prius

Setting selector button

Figure 1. Settings selector button

Setting screns

Figure 2. Setting screens

Use arrows on steering wheel control pad to move the selector

ITS connect fitted

Figure 3. ITS Connect fitted as shown under vehicle settings

This vehicle would need to be damaged flagged and have the system removed.

Identifying ITS Connect in a Toyota Vellfire

Video example
Visual guide to identifying ITS Connect in a Toyota Vellfire

Figure 4: Vellfire MFD control buttons

Figure 4. Vellfire MFD control buttons

Figure 5: Vellfire MFD

Figure 5. Vellfire MFD

Figure 6: Scroll Right to find settings

Figure 6. Scroll Right to find settings

Figure 7: Select the gear icon for settings

Figure 7. Select the gear icon for settings

Figure 8. Scroll down and select 'Vehicle Settings

Figure 8. Scroll down and select 'Vehicle Settings'

Figure 9. Scroll down

Figure 9. Scroll down

If ITS connect is fitted you will see the settings as below.

Conclusive evidence of inspection and ITS Connect system removal

To meet the burden of proof of conclusive evidence, it must be shown that the vehicle is not fitted with an ITS Connect system.

For a vehicle that is not fitted with ITS-Connect two photos must be saved to the BIO's vehicle file that show the settings screens for both the Navigation unit and the MID. The vehicle's damage notes must be updated to show that the vehicle has been inspected for ITS-Connect and ITS-Connect is not fitted, eg 'ITS-Connect not identified'.

For a vehicle that is not fitted with the system, two photos must be provided on the BIS system that show the settings screens for both the Navigation unit and the MID. These photos should also be saved with the BIO’s vehicle file.

A vehicle that has been found to be fitted with an ITS Connect system must have a damage flag placed on the vehicle with a note stating ‘ITS Connect Fitted’. Any other damage or Takata airbag recall notes must also be added if applicable. The damage flag is to remain on the vehicle even if ITS-Connect is disabled in Japan.

The vehicle owner must take the vehicle to a Toyota or Lexus franchise in Japan to have the ITS Connect system removed. An invoice or receipt from the dealer that shows the vehicles chassis number and indicates that the system has been removed is acceptable evidence that ITS Connect is no longer fitted.

After the ITS-connect is disabled a secondary a secondary check must be made on both the Navigation unit settings and the MID settings to ensure the ITS Connect associated settings are no longer visible. A copy of the invoice and photos of the displays on the second inspection must be saved in the vehicle file. A copy of the invoice should be loaded to BIS as evidence of the ITS Connect system removal.

Page added 1 April 2021 (see amendment details)