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Lexus Showcases Self-Driving LS Concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Lexus LS+ Concept

Lexus debuted a self-driving LS+ Concept today at the Tokyo Motor Show, let’s go straight to the press release.


Aiming to contribute to achievement of a world free of traffic casualties, Lexus has been actively introducing advanced technologies based on its Integrated Safety Management Concept. And so that all people can enjoy safe and smooth mobility and the fun of driving, Lexus has been developing automated driving technologies. It aims for application in the first half of the 2020s of its “Urban Teammate” technologies for automated driving on regular roads.

Lexus LS Plus Rear

Main features of the LS+ Concept


The LS+ Concept, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, indicates 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 symbolizes Lexus’ vision.

Lexus LS Concept Rear

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 produces a dignified expression as a flagship and indicates the direction of next-generation Lexus design based on Lexus’ L-finesse*3 design philosophy.

Lexus LS Spindle

In addition to a boldly evolved Spindle Grille, with a large grille shutter that contributes to both improved cooling and enhanced aerodynamic performance, distinctive Lexus vision is expressed in the LS+ Concept through, among others, partly laser-lit headlamps and rear combination lamps, as well as through electronic side mirrors.

Lexus LS Rear Tail

Latest automated driving technologies


Lexus is pursuing a world in which all people can enjoy safe, smooth and untethered mobility through automated driving technologies. Specifically, it intends to make automated driving from entrance ramp to exit ramp on motor-vehicle-only roadways possible by using its “Highway Teammate” automated driving technologies, which, with an eye toward application in 2020, are featured on 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 can enable automated merging, lane changes and diverging, as well as keep a vehicle in its lane and maintain vehicle-to-vehicle distance.

Lexus LS Dynamic

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 learn and grow along with its users, represents a new age for the image of cars to which people can become emotionally attached.

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Either it will be the new ES concept or it will be the rumored 4 doors coupe, and I tend more to think that it will be the second as the slogan of this year Tokyo show moves more to the sporty and the high tech vehicles
Either it will be the new ES concept or it will be the rumored 4 doors coupe, and I tend more to think that it will be the second as the slogan of this year Tokyo show moves more to the sporty and the high tech vehicles
Either it will be the new ES concept or it will be the rumored 4 doors coupe, and I tend more to think that it will be the second as the slogan of this year Tokyo show moves more to the sporty and the high tech vehicles
Either it will be the new ES concept or it will be the rumored 4 doors coupe, and I tend more to think that it will be the second as the slogan of this year Tokyo show moves more to the sporty and the high tech vehicles
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
bogglo
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
My bet personally is:

LA: RX L
Detroit: LS F or LC F
New York: ES
Chicago: ?? RC refresh ? GX refresh?
Geneva: UX

This time next year, there will have to be some clarity on the future of the GS, GX and LX.
bogglo
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
My bet personally is:

LA: RX L
Detroit: LS F or LC F
New York: ES
Chicago: ?? RC refresh ? GX refresh?
Geneva: UX

This time next year, there will have to be some clarity on the future of the GS, GX and LX.
bogglo
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
My bet personally is:

LA: RX L
Detroit: LS F or LC F
New York: ES
Chicago: ?? RC refresh ? GX refresh?
Geneva: UX

This time next year, there will have to be some clarity on the future of the GS, GX and LX.
bogglo
I hope the concept is for what to expect from the next GS or whatever car that would fill its void if discontinued. I personally think the GS should keep its name since its an established model already. Also since the ES might be released anytime soon it also makes sense to give the media a glimpse of what to expect from the next ES. If its not the ES then am expecting something concerning the ES at LA/Detroit.

SC became LC
maybe
GS would become GC (Grand coupe)
My bet personally is:

LA: RX L
Detroit: LS F or LC F
New York: ES
Chicago: ?? RC refresh ? GX refresh?
Geneva: UX

This time next year, there will have to be some clarity on the future of the GS, GX and LX.
If Lexus is applying their LC/5LS attitude towards this concept, there will be plenty of smiles in the enthusiast community. Here is hoping for the best! No more Sriracha-esque themed concepts please!
If Lexus is applying their LC/5LS attitude towards this concept, there will be plenty of smiles in the enthusiast community. Here is hoping for the best! No more Sriracha-esque themed concepts please!
If Lexus is applying their LC/5LS attitude towards this concept, there will be plenty of smiles in the enthusiast community. Here is hoping for the best! No more Sriracha-esque themed concepts please!
If Lexus is applying their LC/5LS attitude towards this concept, there will be plenty of smiles in the enthusiast community. Here is hoping for the best! No more Sriracha-esque themed concepts please!
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
I would not mind EV in new GS body :)
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
I would not mind EV in new GS body :)
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
I would not mind EV in new GS body :)
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
I would not mind EV in new GS body :)
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
The only other option would be a fuel cell, and they've already done that with the LF-FC.

Also, if it's an EV, what's the model? Doubt it will be the LS or LC. I think we might get another "design study", perhaps similar to the LF-CC which combined the RC & IS into a single vehicle.
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
The only other option would be a fuel cell, and they've already done that with the LF-FC.

Also, if it's an EV, what's the model? Doubt it will be the LS or LC. I think we might get another "design study", perhaps similar to the LF-CC which combined the RC & IS into a single vehicle.
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
The only other option would be a fuel cell, and they've already done that with the LF-FC.

Also, if it's an EV, what's the model? Doubt it will be the LS or LC. I think we might get another "design study", perhaps similar to the LF-CC which combined the RC & IS into a single vehicle.
ssun30
It has to be an EV. I don't think TMC is comfortable with others stealing the headlines any more. First Honda, then Audi and Mercedes, and now Porsche. TMC has to demonstrate their commitment to BEVs and that their stand-alone EV department is actually doing something. And their home show can't be more appropriate for such a PR move. Maybe we will have a glimpse of their solid state cell prototype as well: it will be the biggest headline of the year.
The only other option would be a fuel cell, and they've already done that with the LF-FC.

Also, if it's an EV, what's the model? Doubt it will be the LS or LC. I think we might get another "design study", perhaps similar to the LF-CC which combined the RC & IS into a single vehicle.
There's a Car Advice interview with Paul Williamsen, Lexus’s manager of global strategic communications, and I thought this was interesting in regards to the Tokyo show:

Being a car company, and a very successful one at that, Toyota won’t miss out on selling EVs where they’re in demand, and they might even end up wearing Lexus badges, according to Williamsen.

“It’s not that we’re not working on EVs at all, and I think there is a place for them, just in cities, for some small, luxury vehicles for commuting,” he says.
Maybe we see another city car in the style of the LF-SA concept?
There's a Car Advice interview with Paul Williamsen, Lexus’s manager of global strategic communications, and I thought this was interesting in regards to the Tokyo show:

Being a car company, and a very successful one at that, Toyota won’t miss out on selling EVs where they’re in demand, and they might even end up wearing Lexus badges, according to Williamsen.

“It’s not that we’re not working on EVs at all, and I think there is a place for them, just in cities, for some small, luxury vehicles for commuting,” he says.
Maybe we see another city car in the style of the LF-SA concept?

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