With the 2017 models right around the corner, we wanted to explore some of the updates to the available Safety Technology that will come on the upcoming models. Lexus offers several driver assistance technologies with Lane Departure Alert and Lane Keep Assist being the two most asked about features. Both Lane Departure Alert and Lane Keep Assist with Steering Assist are designed to help prevent inadvertent lane departure by using a camera to detect white and yellow lane markings ahead of the vehicle. So which of the 2017 Lexus models will offer Lane Departure Alert and Lane Keep Assist? According to a recent Lexus Insider article, we found out that the only 2017 Lexus models that will not have either the comprehensive Safety System+ package or a comparable safety package to be the 2017 CT200h, RC and RC F.
The 2017 Lexus IS sedans, ES and ES hybrid, GS, GS F, RX models and LX will either come standard with Lexus Safety System+ (like the 2017 RX) or have it as an available package option. The 2017 Lexus LS will offer both Lane Departure Alert and Lane Keep Assist with the available Advanced Pre-Collision System Package (on the long wheel base model only) and the Lexus GX460 Luxury Model with the available Driver Support Package will also offer both features. The Lexus NX200t and NX300h will give you Lane Departure Alert and Lane Keep Assist when you get the available Premium Triple-Beam LED Headlamps with Intelligent High Beam and Lane Departure Alert System Package.
Another update for 2017 is an enhancement to Lane Keep Assist itself. New for 2017, the Lane Keep Assist feature will have a lane centering function that will help keep the vehicle centered in the lane when All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is operating. This is designed to reduce driver workload and essentially make driving easier. Lane Keep Assist uses the same camera sensor on the upper portion of the front windshield that Lane Departure Alert uses to recognize visible white and yellow road markings. It is important to note that when All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is not operating, Lane Keep Assist’s lane centering function will not operate either. The LDA’s features will remain active only if the other system is enabled.
For more information on the new Lexus Safety System+ package, click here or stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion for a personal presentation. Safe Driving!