Lexus LS Packs User-Friendly Features but not ‘Autonomous’
The latest 2018 Lexus LS that will find itself in stores next year has the brand’s best automated car safety technology. But the Lexus has been refraining from calling it self-driving.
According to Lexus, ‘What the car does and won’t do requires careful wording’ and hence it doesn’t want to give it the tag of self-driving.
The Lexus’ flagship has been provided with a complex shutdown system for guiding the car safely to the standstill if the driver is lulled into complacency or incapacitated when behind the wheel.
Given the name of ‘Driver Emergency Stop Assist’, the car technology wishes to keep the drivers engaged as the Lexus LS cruises down the highway while in the lane-tracking mode. The car’s cruise control system is such that it allows the LS to stay centred in the lane it is driving in, and automatically steers around the curves at high and low speeds.
Another good feature of the car, Lane Change Assist causes the car to change lanes on its own by automatically controlling acceleration, braking and steering.
But Lexus still doesn’t want the drivers to remove the hands-off the steering. In case a driver takes the hands off the car, the LS will warn the drivers by the use of visual or audio prompts and then slowly decelerate the car.
The process will start in this fashion, at first the car’s hazard lamps and the horn will be activated for alerting the surrounding vehicles. Following that, the LS’ systems will cause the car to stop in their lanes.
As the car stops, the Lexus LS’ system unlocks the car doors while connecting to the emergency response number.
Lexus calls the LS system Level 2 autonomous.