Lexus unveiled the LS+ Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show. The company aims to fully automate the LS sedan using artificial intelligence. The technology will automate merging into highway traffic, lane changes, overtaking and maintaining vehicle-to-vehicle distance.
The technology will automate merging into highway traffic, lane keeping, speed adjustments, lane changes, overtaking and maintaining vehicle-to-vehicle distance.
Lexus articulates AI learning will help accelerate the shift to self-driving vehicles on regular roads during the first half of the 2020s. The sprint towards self-driving cars is being led by Volvo, with Level 4 autonomous cars, which manage driving situations without human intervention, already on Swedish roads and trials currently underway in London and China.
The Japanese automaker has already included automated driving technologies into its safety management system and now says that it will use AI to learn from big data, including information on roads and surrounding areas and the LS+ will communicate with a data center to update software, allowing new functions to be added.
The LS+ Concept has also had a design makeover and will be longer, wider and lower than the upcoming LS 500 production car.