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Lexus to Release Autonomous Highway Driving LS Sedan in Japan This Fall

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Lexus will introduce a LS sedan in the fall of 2020 that can drive by itself on highways, according to the Chunichi Shimbun in Japan.

The newspaper reports that a special edition of the production LS flagship will be able to enter the highway, change lanes and pass other vehicles, all automatically. The system will require the driver to maintain contact with the steering wheel, but most normal driving operations will be autonomously handled.

This is all part of an automotive technology blitz by Toyota during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. During the global sports event this summer, self-driving Lexus prototypes will be available for test rides by the public, where the car will handle all driving operations.

(At this point, it’s unclear if this highway-driving LS will be available in markets outside Japan.)

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This has to be the level 2/3 car without the additional sensor arrays, they said the level 4 is going to be demoed at the games in controlled conditions, didn't they?

If so there is hopefully no reason not to offer it abroad.
 

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Amazing that we still dont have some of these features in the USA yet on a flagship model. Auto lane change would be a good start.

come on guys get the lawyers off your backs somehow and make it happen, this isnt a technology issue its a self imposed legal / liability issue.
 

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Amazing that we still dont have some of these features in the USA yet on a flagship model. Auto lane change would be a good start.

come on guys get the lawyers off your backs somehow and make it happen, this isnt a technology issue its a self imposed legal / liability issue.
To be fair, it currently seems like only Tesla is immune to the very predictable side effects of beta testing things on public roads. Everyone else doing it has at least been threatened with legal trouble. So Toyota likely wants to make sure it's very right first.
 

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Lexus system will be more similar to Caddy than to Tesla - they will want to have fully mapped roads for these features.

But overall, Toyota is actually doing good with these systems. I would say overall they are by far the best manufacturer right now:
- They offer standard auto-brake in most of the vehicles if not all, depending on market
- They give all the features for free as long as hardware is there - so all cars have auto headlights and adaptive cruise control
- Managed to built inexpensive yet good system that is rated well in testing around the world.
- constant improvements on yearly basis for new vehicles and additional features added

They invested billions and got a great team in USA doing it, so this is clearly a job well done for Toyoda.
 

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After Koji Sato's interview, we've got some more info. This new model will come with system developed by DENSO called Highway Teammate, will feature LiDAR and cameras.

It will start as a SAE Level 2 but is able to improve through over-the-air updates. It will be hands-off but not eyes-off and time to improvements is pending road validation.

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Lexus will release its first autonomous vehicle this year, but drivers will still have to pay attention when the system is active — from Automotive News:

The new model will be “hands off but not eyes off,” Lexus President Koji Sato told Automotive News Europe on the sidelines of a Toyota press event here. “It will start from Level 2 but it will have over-the-air updates so that for the future we can update the level,” Sato said.

It’s still a mystery which model will introduce the new technology, but an earlier report suggests it will be a new version of the LS sedan. The system is specifically made for the highway, where autonomous driving, passing, and lane changes will all be...
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Some are saying this is coming to the LS in the USA thus fall , along with a minor refresh , the system maybe more limited here on the USA , but still it looks pretty cool.
 

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Lexus may offer downloadable dynamic driving upgrades for its first autonomous vehicle — from an Automotive News interview with Lexus president Koji Sato:

Automotive News: The autonomous technology will be upgradable over the air (OTA). When do you plan to offer OTA?
Sato: It won’t be this year, but sometime in the future. The car that debuts this autumn will be OTA-ready, but OTA itself will not happen this year.
AN: What opportunities are there to create new revenue streams via over-the-air solutions?
S: One example — and this is just an idea — the customer could upgrade the driving character, the suspension settings or aerodynamics that are linked to performance and make them fit their own tastes. They could download this. Technology improvement never stops. At launch the technology is at the...
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For completeness sake, can anyone verify that the systems involved here will be operating on the current vehicle architecture found in every single TGNA product, or will this be a foundation rework of the onboard systems.

It seems like a modular product if its model wide, but that does mean a ground up redesign on the network?
 

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I would bet its on current systems , not some new system as its coming on the 2021 LS500 this fall. Looks like maybe auto lane change or supervised auto lane change / navigation of some type.
 

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I would bet its on current systems , not some new system as its coming on the 2021 LS500 this fall. Looks like maybe auto lane change or supervised auto lane change / navigation of some type.
level 2, upgradable to level 3.

First production vehicle with lidar sensors I would guess.

And yes, it would be advanced version of current systems, that can be upgraded... that does not mean that they would be upgrading rest of the systems in car, it would be independent and thus they can add it to anything in the future.
 

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I hope their infotainment system would be upgradable over-the-air.
it is completely unrelated to safety system, but Toyota Europe's new multimedia update coming soon and also in new Yaris, will have over the air updates for base underlying OS, not just maps/bugs.

It does not mean it will look good or be a good system in any case, that is not related to the updates.
 
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