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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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mikeavelli
Is this a LS or a car on top the LS? Remember rumors of a Maybach competitor?

I love the styling on this!
By the concept nomenclature I would assume it's going to be an additional model - think Prius and Plus PHEV with different features as well as styling changes.

The styling has really grown on me throughout today, can't get over how nice that crease in the grille is that I highlighted in the photos earlier.
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Big and bold.

Lexus took the wraps off the fifth-generation LS at the beginning of the year, but it’s already showing us how its fullsize luxury sedan could evolve in the next decade. Introduced today at the Tokyo Motor Show, the LS+ concept is a sight to behold thanks to its gargantuan spindle grille incorporating a shutter that not only helps with the cooling, but it also boosts aerodynamics.

The high-tech headlights look futuristic and employ laser technology for some of the functions to guarantee superior illumination. The luxobarge sits on large 22-inch alloy wheels and uses cameras instead of conventional mirrors to enable a sleeker side profile also enhanced by the recessed door handles that sit flush with the body.

Judging by the overall shape, it appears the concept is largely based on the latest LS, but with some significant changes at the front and rear fascias. It’s quite imposing due to its sheer size and we’re particularly fond of the full-width taillights that should look spectacular at night, though we will never know as the LS+ will remain a concept.

It doesn’t come as a big surprise that Lexus has decided to implement its latest and greatest autonomous driving systems. The fullsize premium sedan uses the firm’s “Highway Teammate” automated driving technologies that will be implemented on a production car as early as 2020. A model featuring this kit will be smart enough to facilitate automated merging, lane changes and diverging, along with keeping the vehicle in its lane and at a safe distance from the car in front.

The LS+ has the ability to learn new things without having to drive to a Lexus dealer thanks to over-the-air updates by communicating with a data center feeding it information about the road up ahead. The concept is not destined for production as it’s simply a technology showcase to preview features scheduled to arrive around the end of the decade.
https://www.motor1.com/news/184624/lexus-ls-concept-debut/










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WOW! What a concept stunning hope it does not change too much when it becomes a reality. Confusing to launch before the new LS is really available though should have held back.
Could it be a model above the LS? Certainly has the looks for that and there is room to move up further i believe. Japan does not have an equivalent to the Maybach, Bentley or Rolls Royce and so why not - Toyota has the muscle to move to the top. The L motif in the centre of each wheel must always stay the right way up! ala Rolls. An umbrella as standard part of the equipment branded Lexus should already be offered with the new LS. And then there is the Bentley SUV to compete with as well - come on Lexus the world awaits your next arrival with much excitement.
Rydo
I do think that Lexus should simplify things however and put the endlessly acclaimed LF-FC into production for the proper next-gen LS.
Just to make sure: you know that the LF-FC was based on the 5LS, and not vice-versa? Yes, the LF-FC was shown in public first, but it actually represents the future direction of the new LS, not a pruned branch of evolution.

As for this new concept, I love it with the * that the back end looks a little like an Art & Science Caddy gone wild. I've said before that I think Art & Science is sort of a spiritual ancestor of L-Finesse, but this is a bit too on-the-nose for me. Everything about the front end is terrific though.
i think most important part from LS concept is self driving part :).. thats only 2 years away and it will significantly change how autonomous system works - it will be able to overtake other cars and everything else that you might need on the highway.
Lexus really don't have to integrate the whole front into one desgin, like the headlights are literally fused with the front grilles. This concept lacks details in design, although the tech details are really well done.

And the C/D pillars really don't have to be executed like that, I can only hope Lexus will come with a LSF that should be copy-pasted from the LF-FC concept. I get why the LS500 have those pillars because of the longer wheel base, but the performance LSF should be short wheel base so the LF-FC kink design will work.
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I love this three-dimensional application of the spindle grille. It looks like something that could see life in a next generation LFA, the nose shape is something you’d see in a “hypercar” or an “ultra luxury” car.

Did Lexus release any dimensions? I wonder if it has a longer wheelbase than the LS.
krew [​IMG]

Here are photos of the LS+ Concept and the special edition RC F.
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spwolf
i think most important part from LS concept is self driving part :).. thats only 2 years away and it will significantly change how autonomous system works - it will be able to overtake other cars and everything else that you might need on the highway.
Yeah. And the great part is that it's a relatively simple build on top of what's available in the first 5LS. Might even be a software upgrade to the existing 5LS.
Ian Schmidt
Yeah. And the great part is that it's a relatively simple build on top of what's available in the first 5LS. Might even be a software upgrade to the existing 5LS.
not at all... it will require all new set of sensors as well as much beefier new computer (or set of computers). It requires complete upgrade and it will likely be very costly.

Now once they have this Highway Teammate, then they can probably do next step via software upgrade since it requires a lot better mapping, but likely not hardware.

So it will have new expensive sensors, new expensive computers, it will have to have 5G connection with much more precise local road mapping for it to work.
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After Mazda's presentation of their Vision Coupe concept, I can't help think, "Geez, Lexus is really trying a little too hard with this LS+."

Sorry guys, but this was disappointing and I am annoyed.
FujiSpeedway
After Mazda's presentation of their Vision Coupe concept, I can't help think, "Geez, Lexus is really trying a little too hard with this LS+."

Sorry guys, but this was disappointing and I am annoyed.
Mazda has some nice looking cars, nothing wrong with a bit of competition between it and Toyota... I am little bit dissapointed with CX5 though - too small changes for all new model, it is going to look like everything else in a year, even though it is very beautiful vehicle.
I'd also suggest the LC is the better comparison to the Vision Coupe, because coupe and all.
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Lexus LS+ Is A Concept Of The 2020 LS Facelift With Autonomous Tech

The Lexus LS+ Concept unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is one of the most self-explanatory show cars you'll find.
expect from the LS once an updated version comes along in the not too distant future.

Based on Lexus' L-finesse design philosophy, the LS+ Concept features an evolved Spindle Grille with a large grille shutter that aids both cooling as well as overall aerodynamics. It also comes with laser headlights and taillights, as well as electronic side mirrors.

The overall aesthetics of the LS+ Concept aren't all that different to the current, all-new LS sedan. The shape of the car is basically the same, with minor alterations here and there that make the concept look more modern, if not futuristic.

Also, if Lexus decides to go with a long light strip at the back on a future LS, it would only be following in the footsteps of other luxury cars like the Panamera, Audi A8 or all-new A7 Sportback - which wouldn't be a bad thing since that car would then look arguably better than the current version.

On the go, the LS+ would rely heavily on its "Highway Teammate" automated driving technology, which is also due for release in 2020. These systems allow the car to respond to actual traffic conditions on motorways, enabling automated merging, lane changes and diverging, while making sure you stick to your lane and hold your position behind the car in front.











http://www.carscoops.com/2017/10/lexus-ls-is-concept-of-2020-ls-facelift.html
krew
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please put this video in your site...




i cant didnt see in your site...thanks.
Ian Schmidt
Just to make sure: you know that the LF-FC was based on the 5LS, and not vice-versa? Yes, the LF-FC was shown in public first, but it actually represents the future direction of the new LS, not a pruned branch of evolution.

As for this new concept, I love it with the * that the back end looks a little like an Art & Science Caddy gone wild. I've said before that I think Art & Science is sort of a spiritual ancestor of L-Finesse, but this is a bit too on-the-nose for me. Everything about the front end is terrific though.
Yes, the LF-FC was designed a few months after the VXFA50 LS back in 2014. Usually most Lexus concepts took less time in the past to develop. Nowadays, the nature of them requires more lead time for some sufficient engineering.

The LS design took when on schedule, 3 years to engineer from final body design to engineering sign-off. Toyoda-san delayed it by about 2-3 months. Look for me to provide photos and details of its 200B development story in 3 months time.

As for the LS+, looks like the LS-FC Concept trademark was renamed into this, probably because they realized it was redundant to showcase another fuel cell concept. Looks like I was right, even if not 100%! I called it!

This might also preview the next IS to a degree or Scott at BMW is an idiot, who shouldn't pass along false rumours. I mostly expected a high-tech LS concept and was proven right, even if misled a little by a BMW insider.
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The front of the LS concept looks like a 370z's, and it looks just as small as a 370z. When lit in the demo video, the taillights remind me of Ford Fusion's.
krew [​IMG]

Three videos showcasing the new Lexus concept.
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One detail that really crystallized for me when I saw the still photo before you launch the Motor.es video are the flush oval exterior door handles. Once a staple of concept cars, they have now seen at least 3 production applications: Jaguar F-Type, Lexus LC and Range Rover Velar. I love how they tidy up the 5LS's side profile, and wish they would go into production as part of the 5LS's midlife refresh 3 years or so down the road. They would tie LS and LC styling a bit closer together.

Alas, I'm not getting my hopes up. From my understanding, such an undertaking would be second only to a full change in the greenhouse as far as altering existing design. Much cheaper to tweak wheels, grille patterns and taillight inserts.
Joaquin Ruhi
One detail that really crystallized for me when I saw the still photo before you launch the Motor.es video are the flush oval exterior door handles. Once a staple of concept cars, they have now seen at least 3 production applications: Jaguar F-Type, Lexus LC and Range Rover Velar. I love how they tidy up the 5LS's side profile, and wish they would go into production as part of the 5LS's midlife refresh 3 years or so down the road. They would tie LS and LC styling a bit closer together.

Alas, I'm not getting my hopes up. From my understanding, such an undertaking would be second in cost and complexity only to a full change in the greenhouse as far as altering existing design. Much cheaper to tweak wheels, grille patterns and taillight inserts.
I still have to wonder what they were thinking when finishing up design work on this car 3-4 years ago and why they designed the LF-FC slightly differently from the VXFA50 LS 500. Then now you have this LS+ concept.

Back in February 2014, it was reported by that same BMW insider, that he saw Aichi HQ over a dozen brand new S-Class vehicles present for benchmarking reasons regarding the new LS. Plus, some other comments.

Likely when RHD W222 exports to Japan had just begun and when 200B was shifting into production development phase, which ended several months ago earlier this year.

BTW, there were interesting proposals for the X152 programme in regards to the door handles, back in 2010-11. A Corvette style door handle was thrown out, as it ruined the flush-mounted ideal by having a hole on the edge. Plus, the supplier was already a good choice.

Not sure why it wasn't done for this car.

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