Lexus will be debuting an “advanced active safety research vehicle” at a press conference the day before the opening of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — from the press release:
…Lexus Group Vice President and General Manager Mark Templin will discuss the North American based program, designed to explore the use of autonomous technologies and high-level driver assistance systems related to TMC’s Integrated Safety Management Concept. Templin will also discuss the current state of TMC’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) research and development, which includes vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications technology.
Lots of high-level language there, but it appears this research vehicle will be capable of driving itself, similar to Google’s autonomous RX 450h.
A teaser photo was released:
It may not reveal much on its own, but compare the apparatus to this mystery Lexus LS 600hL spotted in Michigan a couple months ago:
The Lexus technology press conference will be held at Mandalay Bay on January 7th at 11am PST — more details as they become available.
[Source: Lexus USA]