Toyota launches sales of refreshed Lexus LS and Mirai modelsApril 8, 2021
Lexus LS and Mirai are equipped with the advanced Advanced Drive system, which will reduce road fatalities.
Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) as a mobility company strives to enrich people’s lives through mobility. As part of this effort, Toyota is positioning safety as a top priority in line with its ultimate goal of reducing fatalities from road accidents to zero, and is developing safety and automated driving technologies to provide unlimited mobility for all.
To achieve the goals of the Japanese brand, the Mobility Teammate Concept, an automated driving system unique to Toyota, aims to improve the interaction between drivers and vehicles, allowing them to “communicate” with each other for mutual assistance and coordinated driving. Instead of cars taking over from people and taking their place, drivers and vehicles act as partners to protect each other so that drivers can enjoy driving while relying on automated systems from time to time for truly safe, reliable and unlimited mobility. …
The new Lexus LS and Toyota Mirai incorporate Advanced Drive, a new Toyota / Lexus Teammate feature, a state-of-the-art driving assistance technology developed from this concept. The new LS launched in Japan today, April 8, 2021, and the new Mirai will hit dealers in Japan on April 12, 2021.
Advanced Drive has five technological characteristics: intelligent, reliable, responsive, interactive and updatable, the press service of the brand noted. The goal is to achieve automated driving that drivers can rely on to make decisions with the highest safety priority at all times. Deep learning-focused artificial intelligence technology is used to predict the various situations that may be encountered while driving and helps the driver to respond to them.
In cases where a danger is predicted, whether it is an external factor or the condition of the driver, the system issues a warning, and the driver can make a decision or choose one of the options offered by the system. The goal is driving assistance that builds trust between driver and vehicle through two-way communication.
In addition, Advanced Drive uses software updates, so features can be added and updated after the vehicle is delivered to the customer. In Japan, the company intends to collect driving data, including data from external cameras, and transmit it to a secure data server. By collecting and analyzing vehicle performance data in an ever-changing environment, engineers can use it as a reference for future developments in advanced safety and mapping technologies. When collecting and processing this data, the confidentiality and safety of drivers and persons filmed with the camera is taken into account.
The driver is relieved of control of the accelerator, brakes and steering, which reduces fatigue on long journeys and allows the driver to pay more attention to the environment to ensure safe driving. This feature ensures natural and smooth driving in a variety of conditions, including cornering, busy traffic and when overtaking vehicles.
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