We introduced the automated-driving capable 'LS+ Concept' concept vehicle to the world at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 *1. We also unveiled editions of the RC F and GS F, commemorating the 10th anniversary of Lexus 'F' sports models.
We have been actively introducing advanced technologies based on our Integrated Safety Management Concept *2 to help achieve a world without traffic casualties. Our automated driving technology aims to bring people the joy of safe, smooth mobility and the fun of driving. By the first half of the 2020s our goal is to have our ‘Urban Teammate’ automated driving technology working on regular roads.
MAIN FEATURES OF THE LS+ CONCEPT
The LS+ Concept, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, shows the future image of the 'LS' flagship sedan. With its advanced yet dignified styling and automated driving technologies planned for application in 2020, the LS+ Concept was developed as a model that embodies the future of driving.
ADVANCED YET DIGNIFIED STYLING REPRESENTING THE FUTURE IMAGE OF THE LS FLAGSHIP SEDAN
As a concept vehicle that suggests the future look of the LS, the LS+ Concept indicates the direction of next-generation Lexus design based on Lexus’ L-finesse design philosophy *3. The LS+ Concept sports a boldly evolved Spindle Grille, with a large grille shutter that contributes to both improved cooling and enhanced aerodynamic performance, partly laser-lit headlamps, rear combination lamps, and electronic side mirrors.
LATEST AUTOMATED DRIVING TECHNOLOGIES BACKED BY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
We believe in a world where everyone can enjoy safe, smooth and untethered mobility through automated driving technologies. To make this dream a reality we are researching the possibility of using automated driving from entrance ramp to exit ramp on motor-vehicle-only roadways using 'Highway Teammate' automated driving technologies, featured in the LS+ Concept. On motor-vehicle-only roadways, through appropriate recognition, judgment and operation by onboard systems in response to actual traffic conditions, these technologies allow drivers to enjoy automated merging, lane changes and diverging, as well as keep a vehicle in its lane and maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distance.
The LS+ Concept can communicate with a data center to update its systems’ software, allowing new functions to be added. Meanwhile, AI that learns from big data, including information on roads and surrounding areas, ensures a high level of automated driving. The car, which can grow along with its users, represents a new age for the image of cars to which people can become emotionally attached.
*1 - The 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017 is being held at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo's waterfront area from October 25 through November 5, with press days on October 25 and 26, a special invitation day on October 26, an official ceremony day and preview day on October 27, and general public days from October 28 to November 5.
*2 - The concept of integrating a vehicle's individual safety technologies and systems to provide a more-advanced level of support to drivers in all driving situations.
*3 - L-finesse is Lexus’ original design philosophy based on the ideas of “leading-edge” and “finesse”. It aims to create new value by harmonizing seemingly contradictory elements through what is known as the “YET” approach.