Lexus LS flagship sedan is the Japanese carmaker’s flagship vehicle which debuted earlier this year at the 2017 Detroit Motor Show. Now the Japanese carmaker has used the all-new LS+ Concept to showcase their future tech that will debut in Lexus’ production vehicles by 2020.
The LS+ indicates the future image of the LS flagship sedan, says Lexus. The LS sedan goes backs to the concept stage with its partly laser-lit headlamps, rear combination lamps, as well as electronic side mirrors. The characteristic Spindle Grille has further evolved into a large grille shutter. Lexus claims that the new grille contributes to both improved cooling and enhanced aerodynamic performance in the LS+. All of these, however, are just the cosmetic changes. The real update on the LS+ is what lies underneath the skin.
The LS+ Concept is solely developed as a model to symbolise the Lexus' future vision. The show car is equipped with upcoming Integrated Safety Management technologies such as automated driving which is planned for application in 2020. The first lot of such technologies to make it to the real world would include the Urban Teammate and the Highway Teammate. Lexus promises that these automated driving techs will hit the roads at the turn of the decade.
The LS+ Concept can communicate with a data centre to update its systems' software, allowing new functions to be added. Meanwhile, the AI that learns from the acquired data ensures a high level of automated driving. The LS+ also showcases the Tesla-style over-the-air updates.