- in japan, toyota unveiled new versions of the lexus ls and toyota mirai equipped with advanced drive, the company’s advanced driver-assist system.
- toyota says the 2022 lexus ls 500h awd will use the system, arriving in the fall.
- advanced drive features a level 2 autonomous system.
with the global auto industry's push toward vehicles becoming cleaner and safer, toyota motor unveiled in japan new versions of the lexus ls and toyota mirai, both equipped with advanced driver assistance. toyota officials in the u.s. told autoweek that the 2022 ls 500h awd with advanced drive, as the system is called, is expected to arrive at dealerships here this fall.
advanced drive features a level 2 autonomous system, so it helps keep the car in its lane, maintains the distance from other vehicles, and assists with lane changes. in level 2, the driver is still required to monitor the road, hold the steering wheel most of the time, and be ready to take over control immediately.
"rather than cars taking over driving from people and taking their place," the company said, "drivers and cars act as partners to protect one another so that drivers can enjoy the experience of driving while deferring to automated driving at times, achieving truly safe, secure, and unrestricted mobility."
the system includes advanced park, for hands-free parking, controlling steering, acceleration, braking, and gearchanges when parallel parking or backing into a parking space. advanced park uses 360-degree sensing, integrating the functions of complete-circumference cameras and ultrasonic sensors. it also provides a bird's-eye-view display.
the ls starts at about $149,000 in japan, the mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan around $76,000.
"ai technology centered on deep learning is incorporated to forecast various situations that may be encountered while driving and provide assist for driver responses," the company said. "in cases where danger is forecasted, whether in the surrounding environment or the driver's condition, the system provides a warning, and the driver can make a decision or specify operation of the system in accordance with a proposal from the system. the objective is driving assist that fosters trust between driver and car through this two-way communication."
in addition, toyota said advanced drive uses software updates so functions can be added and updated after the vehicle is delivered to the customer.
this video explains the system: