How to Set Up Lexus Skill for Amazon Alexa

The new Lexus Skill for Amazon Alexa is available to download and for you to start using.  Here’s how to get started using the new Amazon Skill in your Lexus.

  1. Search for “Lexus” in the Alexa app under Skills, then click ENABLE
  2. Log in with your Lexus Drivers account
  3. Choose your vehicle and set a 4-digit PIN
  4. Begin using the Lexus skill
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Lexus+ Alexa in the 2019 Lexus ES

Now that you’re set up, you can just ask Amazon Alexa:

  • “Alexa, ask Lexus to start my car.”
  • “Alexa, ask Lexus are my doors locked?”
  • “Alexa, ask Lexus to lock my doors.”
  • “Alexa, ask Lexus to check my fuel.”
  • “Alexa, ask Lexus is my engine running?”

The key features of this Lexus Skill include Engine Start/Stop, Lock/Unlock Doors, Check Fuel Level and Check door lock status.  You will need an active Lexus Enform Remote service as well as an Amazon account and the Alexa app.  For more information, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and visit with our Vehicle Technology Specialist.

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Amazon Alexa Lexus Skill available now
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New Lexus Skill For Amazon Alexa

The new Lexus skill for Amazon Alexa enabled devices will launch on May 15th and is actually a new feature for Lexus Enform Remote service.  With this new Lexus skill for Amazon Alexa, owners can use familiar Lexus Enform Remote voice commands to remotely start and stop their Lexus, lock and unlock the doors, and even check fuel levels using any Alexa-enabled device, such as an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show.  The new skill-set and Enform Remote Service is supported on all of the new models, 2016 model years in addition to the 2015 Model Year IS, ES, GS, LS, RC, and NX with exception to 2015 IS convertible and CT Hybrid with standard audio.  The 2015 ES and NX will only work with those vehicles equipped with factory navigation.

 

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New Lexus Skills coming to Amazon Alexa on May 15th

Here’s what you need to get your Lexus Skills working with Amazon Alexa:

 

  • Active Lexus Enform Remote service
  • Amazon account
  • Lexus skill enabled on Amazon account
  • Lexus skill linked to Lexus Driver account with active trial or subscription

Just Ask Alexa – starting May 15th.

 

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Lexus Skills coming to Amazon Alexa May 15th

 

 

Lexus Warning Light Identifier

Warning lights are never fun to see, and can often cause confusion when they do appear.  Since Lexus vehicles stand up to their reputation of having rock-solid reliability and few service issues and it is this lack of service problems that often leaves Lexus drivers unfamiliar with a few common warning lights when and if they appear.  Most of the Lexus warning lights will vary between models and model years, so we recommend consulting your owner’s manual, calling our service team or checking LexusDrivers.com if a light does appear and you are unfamiliar with it.  With that said, here’s a quick overview and guide to identifying Lexus warning lights.

 

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Warning Lights for Lexus LX

 

 

Tire Pressure Warning Light

This light may come on from time to time and is pretty common to see when there is a drastic change in weather.  So what do you do?

IF this light comes on and is solid right away, it means there is a tire with low air pressure.  To correct the air pressure, simply adjust the inflation pressure to the vehicle’s recommended level (you can find the recommended level on the inside driver’s door panel).  Once corrected, the light should turn off in a few minutes.

IF the light stays on after you’ve added air, this could indicate a leak, in which case we recommend giving us a call or swinging by our Lexus Service Center here at North Park Lexus Dominion.  Lexus also says it is important to note that if the light blinks for a minute before remaining solid, it means there’s a malfunction with the tire monitoring system so you will need to bring your vehicle by our Service Center to have us inspect the system.  ** The Tire Pressure Warning Light is the last light in the picture above.

Malfunction Indicator Lamp  Malfunction Indicator Lamp

Often called the Check Engine Light, it is important to note whether or not this light is solid or flashing if you happen to see it on your Lexus.  If the light is flashing, the engine may be misfiring, which can cause damage over time so well worth the time to bring your Lexus into our Service Center at Lexus Dominion.  If this light is solid then the light is more of a caution light and it can mean anything from a loose cap to a malfunction in one of the many electronic systems within the engine.  Lexus recommends first checking your gas cap and if the light doesn’t go off after a few driving trips then have a Lexus Service Center run a diagnostic check.

BRAKE  Brake System Warning Light

If you see this red light then you might have an issue with the brake system which is potentially pretty serious.  Such issues could include low brake fluid or a brake system malfunction.  If the light suddenly appears (and you hear a buzzer), stop in a safe place as soon as possible and contact your roadside assistance.  You can call our service center at 210-816-5000 or call 1-800-25-LEXUS or simply press the SOS button if you have an active Lexus Enform Safety Connect subscription.

Oil Pressure Warning Light  Oil Pressure Warning Light

This light will vary on different Lexus models and model year.  This light may be red like you see here or it may be a white icon displayed on the multi-information display (MID), along with a message and buzzer to alert you.  This light indicates low or abnormal oil pressure in the engine.  It is important to follow the message’s instruction, which may require you to stop in a safe place as soon as possible.  If this is the case then call our Service Center right away at 210-816-5000 or press the SOS button for Roadside Assistance.

Slip Indicator Light  Slip Indicator Light

Most Lexus models on the road today will be equipped with Lexus traction systems including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC) and Hill Start Assist.  If you see this light flashing on your dash, there is no need to worry.  The flashing light, in this case, is simply telling you the systems are operating and keeping you from skidding out on the road.  IF however, this light is solid (not flashing), it means there is a malfunction with one of the traction systems which will require a visit to your local Lexus Service Center.

SRS Warning Light  SRS Warning Light

If you see this light and it stays on, you need to take your Lexus to a Lexus dealer to inspect the vehicle immediately.  This light indicates a malfunction with the vehicle’s airbag systems and associated safety technologies.

Electric Power Steering System Warning Light  Electric Power Steering System Warning Light

This warning light is color coded.  If you see the light in an amber color then you need to bring your Lexus to the dealership to be inspected.  If the light is red (like you see here), the vehicle battery’s charge may be insufficient to help power the system and the steering wheel may be difficult to turn.  If the light is red, pull over to a safe place and give our service team a call at 210-816-5000 or press the SOS button in your Lexus Safety Connect-equipped vehicle.

Electric Charging System Warning Light  Electric Charging System Warning Light

This is one light you should not ignore as it means there’s a malfunction somewhere in the charging system that is possibly inhibiting an important vehicle function.  If this light appears, immediately stop the vehicle in a safe place and contact roadside assistance.  Driving the vehicle farther when this light is on could be dangerous.

ABS Warning Light  ABS Warning Light

The ABS System helps the vehicle stop in hard-braking situations.  If you see this light illuminated in an amber color then your Lexus is warning you that the Brake Assist system has been deactivated due to a malfunction.  If you see this ABS light and the brake system light (discussed earlier in this post) come on at the same time, stop the vehicle and give our service team or your Lexus Roadside Assistance a call since the vehicle could be unstable during braking.

Brake Hold Light  Brake Hold Operated Indicator

Lexus models equipped with a brake hold system allow the driver to step off the brake after coming to a complete stop so they can give their foot a rest (this is useful in stop and go traffic).  You may often see this light illuminated in green on your dash.  When you see HOLD in green, the light is telling you that the system is ready and in standby mode.  When the yellow indicator light illuminates solidly (seen above), the system is holding the brake.  No need to worry since this is simply telling you the feature is operating (no malfunction).  If however, you see this light flashing, it does mean there is a system malfunction, which requires immediate inspection by a Lexus dealer.

 

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Brake Hold button on the Lexus NX Turbo

AFS Off Light  AFS Warning Light

AFS stands for Adaptive Front-lighting System and it helps improve visibility on curves by swiveling the headlights in the direction the vehicle is turning.  If this warning light appears on your dash, there may be a malfunction with the AFS system.  Our Lexus Service Team can inspect your vehicle at your convenience.

Have questions on any other indicator or warning lights in your Lexus?  Give our Service Team or Vehicle Technology Specialist a call at 210-816-5000.  You can also visit the LexusDrivers.com site for helpful information or email us at sales@lexusdominion.com.

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How to Turn it On: Blind Spot Monitor

We’ve all been there: you know you have a specific feature but you’re not quite sure how to turn it on.  Maybe it was never turned on for you in the first place but you know it’s there or maybe it was once turned on but unexpectantly got turned off by a guest driver.  Whatever the reason, you just want to know how to turn it on.  For our first installment in this new series, we’ll tell you how to turn on Blind Spot Monitor in your Lexus here.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in your Lexus GX 460

 

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert

What exactly is Blind Spot Monitor and how does it work?  Lexus explains:

Radar sensors in the rear quarters of the vehicle are designed to detect vehicles approaching from adjacent lanes. If it detects an approaching vehicle entering the Lexus’ blind spot, a solid light appears in the side-view mirror to increase the driver’s awareness. If the driver signals to change lanes while a vehicle is in the blind spot, the solid light flashes a warning. The radar sensors can alter their detection range based on signals from the steering angle sensor, which helps the system detect vehicles even when driving on curving roads. Rear Cross-Traffic Alert uses the same sensors to detect oncoming vehicles when a Lexus is backing from a parking spot or when backing from a driveway into a cross-street. A visual and audible warning occurs if cross-traffic is detected. The Blind Spot Monitor System with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert can be turned off with the push of a button—a benefit for certain driving conditions or when the vehicle is towing a trailer.

To sum it up, Blind Spot Monitor alerts the driver if a vehicle is approaching in an adjacent lane, while the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert assists the driver when backing up from a parking spot or pulling out of a driveway.

How to Turn On Blind Spot Monitor

You’ll find Blind Spot Monitor as a standard and common feature on most of the new Lexus models including the Lexus GS, LX, RX, ES, GX, LS, NX, RC, and LC.  Here’s how to turn it on for each model.

Lexus GS

Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert is turned on and off using the steering wheel controls and multi-information display.  Use your steering wheel controls to toggle over to the settings menu in your MID (looks like a gear).  Use your up and down arrows on your meter control switch and select “BSM”.  Each time the “.” is selected on the meter control switch, BSM is either turned on or off.  Make sure BSM is on by looking for the green BSM indicator light on the dash.  If you see that, then you know Blind Spot Monitor is turned on in your Lexus GS.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor using the steering wheel controls and MID on the Lexus GS.  The green BSM indicator light tells you when the feature is on.

Lexus LX

To turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus LX, you need to do perform the same operation – use your steering wheel controls and MID.  On the steering wheel, use the left and right arrows on the meter control switches and select the gear icon (settings).  Then use the up and down arrows on the meter control switches to select BSM then select the “.” to turn it on.

 

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Use the meter control switches and MID to turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus LX

Lexus RX

The Lexus RX also requires the use of your steering wheel meter controls and MID to turn on Blind Spot Monitor.

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Taken from RX Owner’s Manual

 

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Use the steering wheel meter control switches and MID in the Lexus RX to turn on or off Blind Spot Monitor.

Lexus ES

The Lexus ES is much easier.  All you have to do to turn on Blind Spot Monitor is push the BSM button that is located right under the outside mirror controls or your left knee if you’re sitting inside the Lexus ES.

 

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Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus ES.

Lexus GX

We have a detailed how-to on turning on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus GX in another post but you can also reference these pictures to find out how to turn BSM on in your GX 460.

 

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First, push this button on the GX steering wheel.

 

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Next step you need to toggle up or down until you see BSM on the MID the press in “Enter.”

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in Lexus GX 460

Lexus IS

The Lexus IS is another model that makes turning on and off the Blind Spot Monitor feature super easy.  Just push the BSM button in and when you see the green light, you’ll know it is turned on.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus IS by pushing the BSM button located inside the driver’s door.

Lexus LS

The Lexus LS also has easy access to the Blind Spot Monitor on and off button.  Located conveniently inside the driver’s door to the left of the steering wheel.  Just press the button and when you see the green light, you’ll know it is on.

 

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Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in Lexus LS 460

Lexus NX

You can turn on or off Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus NX by pressing the BSM button inside the driver’s door.  You’ll know it is on when you see the green light.

 

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Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus NX

Lexus RC

Turn on Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus RC the same easy way as the Lexus NX, IS and ES.  Just press the BSM button that is located right inside the driver’s door.

 

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Blind Spot Monitor in the Lexus RC coupe

Check back for our next edition of “How to Turn it On” where we explain how to turn on other useful features in your Lexus.  Email questions or requests for specific feature explanations by emailing us at sales@lexusdominion.com.  Safe driving!

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The Next Level of Convenience: 2018 Connected Services Guide

The 2018 Lexus model line-up features new technology and enhanced connected services, but did you know that these services differ between the various 2018 Lexus models?  Since Lexus is rolling out their multimedia system updates along with the other scheduled major and minor model changes, not all of the Lexus models will come with the same suite of connected services for 2018.  Discover the available connected technologies for 2018 with the Lexus Connected Services Guide.

Available Connected Technologies for 2018 IS

2018 IS delivers peace of mind and enhanced power.  Since the IS model had a pretty major update for the 2016 model year and another minor one for 2017, this Lexus model did not receive the latest multimedia update but it still offers a complete suite of connected services.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Scout GPS Link:  Turnstream mode uses smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn direction via the multimedia display – Complimentary through 2023 (non-navigation vehicles)
  • Destination Assist:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly) – NAVIGATION VEHICLES
  • App Suite:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – requires Navigation Complimentary for life.

Connected Services in the 2018 Lexus IS

Available Connected Technologies for 2018 ES

Class-leading comfort and safety technology make the 2018 ES an unbeatable value.  The ES is still waiting for its major update (should come next year) so the 2018 ES will come with the same multimedia and connected services as the previous model year but with Service Connect and Safety Connect now complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.  HUGE Savings if you’re already a Safety Connect customer!

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Scout GPS Link:  Turnstream mode uses smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn direction via the multimedia display – Complimentary through 2023 (non-navigation vehicles)
  • Destination Assist*:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly) – NAVIGATION VEHICLES
  • App Suite*:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – requires NavigationComplimentary for life.

2018 Lexus ES in Premier Package

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 GS

Available with multiple engine variants, the GS offers standard, active safety technologies built around a driver’s cockpit that is equally comfortable and thrilling for its passengers.  With rumors of the GS being discontinued, it too keeps the multimedia system from the previous year with both Safety Connect and Service Connect now being complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Destination Assist*:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly)
  • App Suite*:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – Complimentary for life.

2018 Lexus GS with Mark Levinson and Navigation

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 LS

Coming soon, the 2018 LS delivers leading technology and safety.  The reimagined flagship sedan features the latest in Lexus multimedia and connected services.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Destination Assist:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly)
  • App Suite 2.0:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – Complimentary for life.
  • Dynamic Navigation:  NEW Dynamic Navigation offers three enhanced features.  Enjoy greater accuracy through continuous cloud-based updates with Dynamic Map, Dynamic Route and Dynamic POI Search – Complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership.
  • Wi-Fi:  Data powered by Verizon that can connect up to five devices.  – includes a 4GB one-year complimentary trial
  • Dynamic Voice Recognition:  The latest in voice-recognition technology gives you the ability to access and control features while keeping your focus on the road.

2018 Lexus LS Hybrid interior

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 LC

An entirely new platform that introduced the world to the next era of Lexus design.  The ultimate luxury performance coupe with standard safety systems and advanced tech.  The LC does not (yet) have Wi-Fi or Dynamic Navigation but we’re sure it will be coming soon.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Destination Assist:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly)
  • App Suite 2.0:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – Complimentary for life.

 

2018 Lexus LC steering wheel

 

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 RC

More power and a class-leading suite of standard active safety equipment, the striking Lexus RC also comes with the latest multimedia systems and connected services.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Destination Assist*:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly)
  • App Suite 2.0:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – Complimentary for life.
  • Dynamic Navigation*:  NEW Dynamic Navigation offers three enhanced features.  Enjoy greater accuracy through continuous cloud-based updates with Dynamic Map, Dynamic Route and Dynamic POI Search – Complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership.
  • Wi-Fi:  Data powered by Verizon that can connect up to five devices.  – includes a 4GB one-year complimentary trial
  • Dynamic Voice Recognition*:  The latest in voice-recognition technology gives you the ability to access and control features while keeping your focus on the road.
  • Scout GPS Link:  TurnStream mode uses the smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn directions via the multimedia display and Map Stream mode supports full moving maps when USB is connected to your smartphone.  Complimentary for the first three years of ownershipnon-navigation vehicles.

2018 Lexus RC

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 NX

Restyled and reinvigorated, the 2018 NX offers new standard safety systems, the latest in Lexus technology and a few new model names.  Experience amazing in the updated Lexus NX 300 and NX 300h.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Destination Assist*:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly)
  • App Suite 2.0:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – Complimentary for life.
  • Dynamic Navigation*:  NEW Dynamic Navigation offers three enhanced features.  Enjoy greater accuracy through continuous cloud-based updates with Dynamic Map, Dynamic Route and Dynamic POI Search – Complimentary for the first 3 years of ownership.
  • Wi-Fi:  Data powered by Verizon that can connect up to five devices.  – includes a 4GB one-year complimentary trial
  • Dynamic Voice Recognition*:  The latest in voice-recognition technology gives you the ability to access and control features while keeping your focus on the road.
  • Scout GPS Link:  TurnStream mode uses the smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn directions via the multimedia display and Map Stream mode supports full moving maps when USB is connected to your smartphone.  Complimentary for the first three years of ownershipnon-navigation vehicles.

2018 Lexus NX technology

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 RX

The original luxury crossover continues to raise the bar with standard active safety systems, two engine options and now two lengths with the first-ever 7-passenger RXL.  The 2018 RX has the same multimedia from the previous year but is still creating buzz with it’s enhanced versatility thanks to an all-new model addition to the RX-line.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Scout GPS Link:  Turnstream mode uses smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn direction via the multimedia display – Complimentary through 2023 (non-navigation vehicles)
  • Destination Assist*:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly) – NAVIGATION VEHICLES
  • App Suite*:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – requires NavigationComplimentary for life.

2018 Lexus RX in Parchment with Bamboo wood trim and navigation

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 GX

The fully capable Lexus GX remains unchanged from the previous model year but it still holds its place as being one of the most popular choices for Texas drivers and one of our best-selling vehicles here at Lexus Dominion.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Scout GPS Link:  Turnstream mode uses smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn direction via the multimedia display – Complimentary through 2023 (non-navigation vehicles)
  • Destination Assist*:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly) – NAVIGATION VEHICLES
  • App Suite*:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – requires NavigationComplimentary for life.

Lexus GX 460 with Lexus App Suite

Available Connected Technologies:  2018 LX

The ultimate luxury SUV.  Power, prestige and unbeatable luxury and comfort.  The Lexus LX has it all, or almost.  The multimedia system is the same as last year but we hope to see the LX adopt the new connected services and features soon.

  • Safety Connect:  Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), Automatic Collision Notification – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Service Connect: Vehicle Health Report, Vehicle & Maintenance Alerts – Complimentary for the first 10 years of ownership.
  • Remote:  Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Vehicle Status, Remote Start/Stop, Vehicle Finder and Guest Driver Monitor – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly).
  • Scout GPS Link:  Turnstream mode uses smartphone app to offer turn-by-turn direction via the multimedia display – Complimentary through 2023 (non-navigation vehicles)
  • Destination Assist*:  Get directions and destinations delivered by a real person with 24-hour, en-route navigation assistance – Complimentary for the first year of ownership (after trial, $80 annually or $8 monthly) – NAVIGATION VEHICLES
  • App Suite*:  Access to your favorite mobile apps through your vehicle’s center console display – requires NavigationComplimentary for life.

 

2018 LX 570 Navigation and Technology

To learn more about the suite of connected services from Lexus, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion for a personal presentation from our Vehicle Technology Specialist.

 

How to Activate and Connect to Lexus Enform Wi-Fi

Lexus recently launched Lexus Enform Wi-Fi with the updated 2018 Lexus NX and we will see it again in the upcoming release of the 2018 RC and LS.  The 2018 NX, RC, and LS are the first Lexus models coming with the latest version of Lexus Enform and will feature several enhancements in addition to the brand new Wi-Fi service.

With Lexus Enform Wi-Fi, you can connect up to five devices to a wireless connection by using your 2018 Lexus as a Wi-Fi hotspot.  Lexus Enform Wi-Fi is operated by Verizon so after the trial period, you will have to set up a subscription (assuming you want one) with Verizon directly.  You will be notified throughout your complimentary trial when you reach 50%, 25%, 10% and 0% of remaining data and you will then have the opportunity to begin a new Verizon subscription plan or add the Wi-Fi hotspot to an existing Verizon Wireless plan.  It is also important to note that Lexus Enform Wi-Fi requires an active Lexus Enform subscription so you’ll have to pay for both Lexus Enform and a separate Verizon Wi-Fi plan if you choose to continue using your Lexus Wi-Fi hotspot after the complimentary trial period.

Trial Activation and Sign Up: Choose Your Sign Up Method

To activate the complimentary trial or to sign up for a Verizon subscription after the trial has ended, you have a few options:

  1. Connect to Lexus Enform Wi-Fi in your Lexus vehicle (recommended method):
    1. A step-by-step process is outlined in the section below.
  2. Use the Wi-Fi Sign Up App within Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0
    1. With a Bluetooth connection, you can sign up by downloading Enform App Suite 2.0 to your device, enabling the Wi-Fi Sign Up App on the multimedia display and opening the redirected Verizon Wi-Fi Sign Up on your device.
  3. Sign up via the Lexus “Welcome” email that you will get shortly after taking delivery of your 2018 Lexus NX, RC or LS:
    1. New owners will receive a Lexus marketing email with information on Lexus Enform Wi-Fi and, if interested in signing up for the Wi-Fi hotspot, may click the “Sign Up” link provided.  This link will redirect you to the Verizon Wi-Fi Sign Up page, which will provide further instructions.

 

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Turn on Wi-Fi in your 2018 NX by going to SETUP in Navigation or on multimedia display.

How to Connect to Lexus Enform Wi-Fi In-Vehicle (recommended method):

  1. Select MENU on your Navigation or Multimedia display
  2. Select SETUP
  3. Select the Wi-Fi button to navigate to the Wi-Fi menu, and toggle the Wi-Fi hotspot from “Off” to “On” (see above).
  4. Turn the device’s Wi-Fi on and follow the directions on the multimedia display to select the wireless access point name and enter the password provided:
    1. The default access point name and password may be changed via the Wi-Fi setup menu both before and after activation.
  5. Once connected, you will be redirected to the Verizon Wi-Fi Sign Up page.
  6. You can now enroll in the 4GB (one-year max) trial b providing contact information (name, address, email, phone number) and confirming trial terms.
  7. Success!  You can now use the Lexus Enform Wi-Fi hotspot for the remainder of your trial without having to repeat this process.

 

Almost Ready:  Go to the next step

Once the Wi-Fi on your 2018 Lexus has been turned on and enabled, you will be prompted to “Go to the next step.”

  1. Select the vehicle’s Wi-Fi access point name from the network list displayed on your smartphone and once selected, you will be prompted to “Go to the next step.”
  2. Enter the vehicle’s Wi-Fi password on your smartphone and you are connected to the Internet through your Lexus Wi-Fi hotspot.

If you leave the Wi-Fi hotspot turned on, connected devices may be set to automatically connect for uninterrupted future use.  You can toggle the Wi-Fi hotspot to be turned on or off, as desired.

 

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Connecting your smartphone or device to your vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot

 

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Tutorials: How to Connect to Wi-Fi

For more information, 2018 NX owners can visit the SETUP menu in their vehicle’s multimedia system and view helpful tutorials on connecting to Wi-Fi and other vehicle features.  You can also swing by North Park Lexus Dominion for a personal presentation.

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Updates Coming to Scout GPS Link App

We recently learned that key changes and updates are coming to the Scout GPS Link App and has already launched on the 2018 NX that is now in-stock and available at North Park Lexus Dominion.  The 2018 RC will also feature these enhancements and we hope to see the rest of the models adopt the updates as they are updated with the latest multimedia system from Lexus.

Scout GPS Link first became available on 2017 NX, RX, RC, ES and IS models and features TurnStream (turn by turn directions) through the Lexus Display Audio System (models without factory navigation).  This same, original Scout GPS Link system will carry-over for 2018 ES, IS and RX models since they will not yet feature the newest multimedia system, however, the updated 2018 NX and RC models will both support the new MapStream (moving maps) and current TurnStream (turn-by-turn directions) feature.

It is important to note, that although Scout GPS Link is supported by the Lexus Display Audio system and will appear on the multimedia display while in use, the information and navigation displayed by the app are received from the user’s smartphone data services and the minimum mobile data connection should be 3G or greater for optimal use.  You also need a newer operating system on your smartphone.  Scout GPS Link requires either Android 4.4 or later or iOS 8.0 or later.

What’s New

The updated Scout GPS Link system (again, only available on 2018 NX and 2018 RC at this time) is now incorporated as a part of the Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 that comes on the basic/starting packages or those with Lexus Display Audio.  The new system is available with a 3-year trial for all 2018 NX and RC models, and will be subscription-free through 2023 for the 2017 NX, RX, RC, ES and IS models.  The new system offers the same first-rate alternative to factory navigation and will feature new routing features with either turn-by-turn directions (TurnStream) or an interactive moving 3D map (MapStream) via the multimedia display.  Additional route updates, including traffic and ETA-based commute information plus YELP app integration, are also available through the updated Scout GPS Link app.

Additional Changes

  • Destination “Likes” are now called “Favorites”
  • Now offers 12 POI categories including:
    • Gas, Coffee, Restaurant, Parking, ATM, Fast Food, Lodging, Airport, Grocery, Shopping, Movies, and Bars

New Feature: MapStream (Moving Maps)

The new feature, MapStream, provides full moving maps on the multimedia display and aims to provide a better user experience when using the system to navigate to a destination.  MapStream also promises to provide drivers a view of their current location at any given time via voice command and turn-by-turn voice guidance.

IMPORTANT:  Since Scout GPS Link uses cell phone data, the user’s phone must have a strong cell connection in order for MapStream to work correctly.

To utilize MapStream on a 2018 NX or RC model, you must first connect your device via both USB and Bluetooth.  You also need to do the following:

  • Have Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 downloaded
  • Make sure the navigation screen is displayed in half- or full-screen mode.
  • Keep the app open in the foreground (iOS users) or keep the device from entering sleep mode (Android users with OS 4.4 or later).

IF any of these requirements for MapStream or not met, Scout GPS Link will shift back to TurnStream as long as the device is still connected to Bluetooth.

Key MapStream Features:

  • Save time using One Box Search with auto predictions:
    • Users can search for a destination by address, city, phone contacts, and POI name and categories, using conversational search terms.
  • Search nearby businesses:
    • Search nearby POIs using the 12 available POI categories
  • Favorites:
    • Add certain destinations or addresses to the favorites list for easy access to those addresses in the future.
  • Choose the best-personalized route using Trip Options and Settings:
    • Access helpful navigation settings and customize a navigation session to your preference.
  • Vehicle’s current location and street name (sounds like the best feature)
    • When in motion, an icon moves along the map to indicate driving progress and includes the current location and street name.
  • Set up home and work addresses:
    • Add your home and work addresses for quick routing back home or to the office.
  • Zoom in/out:
    • Pan, or zoom in and out on the map to better understand their route options
  • When en route to a destination you can still view:
    • Turn Lists: a list of remaining turns left in route
    • Route Overview – bird’s eye view of the map with the chosen route highlighted and other route options available, next-turn info, an option to end the navigation and more.
    • Destination details – including destination name, address, current ETA and straight-line distance from current location.

 

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Dashboard Cards showing traffic conditions.  Green, yellow and red color-coded for easy reference.

 

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Voice Recognition for updated Scout GPS Link – 2018 NX and 2018 RC

To learn more, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion and visit with our Vehicle Technology Specialist.

 

 

How to Turn On Blind Spot Monitor and Park Assist in Your Lexus GX

You know you have it, but how do you turn it on?  If you’ve ever wondered how to turn on or off the Blind Spot Monitor and/or Park Assist feature in a Lexus GX, then this quick guide is for you!

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Turning ON Blind Spot Monitor and Park Assist in the Lexus GX
  1. Turn your GX on.
  2. Press the button on the GX steering wheel that looks like a menu icon and is located right next to the ENTER toggle switch.  See the picture above (press the button with the big arrow pointed at it).
  3. Toggle the ENTER switch up or down to flip through the different menu options displayed on your MID until you see “BSM”.

 

 

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Toggle up or down to go through and find BSM and Park Assist in the menu that is displayed on your MID.

4.  Once you see BSM (see picture below), press the ENTER switch in and select the ON function.  You will know BSM is turned ON when the circle next to “ON” is filled in and you see the green BSM indicator light on your dash (see below).

 

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Blind Spot Monitor is now turned ON – What your GX dash should look like.

5.  To turn on your Park Assist, just toggle up one spot (using the ENTER switch) to “Park Assist” and repeat the process.  You will know Park Assist is ON when the ON circle is filled in and you see the green P indicator light.

 

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Park Assist is now turned ON – What your GX dash should look like.

 

 

This is actually very easy to do.  If you need additional assistance or would like us to show you how to turn on or off these features in your Lexus GX, stop by North Park Lexus at Dominion or give us a call at 210-816-6000.

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Collision Protection Starts with Collision Prevention: Lexus Safety System+

We’ve written several posts on Lexus Safety System+, but do you really know how this comprehensive suite of advanced, active safety packages help prevent the three most common accident types?  Lexus Safety System+ is designed to support driver awareness and make us all better, safer drivers, but the features that make up Lexus Safety System+ are really aimed at accident avoidance.  Lexus Safety System+ help address three of the most common accident types: frontal collisions, unintended lane departures, and nighttime accidents.

Lexus Safety System+ is comprised of four main systems:

  1. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  2. Lane Departure Alert
  3. Intelligent High Beam Headlamps
  4. High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Yes, there are some variations within the systems, but these are the 4 core systems making up Lexus Safety System+.

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Obviously, the best accident protection is avoiding accidents altogether.  That’s why we believe it is important to understand the basic operation, setting adjustments and limitations of Lexus Safety System+ so you are not only a more informed driver but can fully utilize the system and prevent future accidents.  Let’s get started…

  1.  Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

Availability:  2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 RX, 2016-2017 LX and 2018 LC

This system has 2 primary functions: Vehicle Detection and Pedestrian Detection.  The PCS uses an in-vehicle camera and front-grille mounted millimeter-wave radar to help detect the vehicle in front of your vehicle and, in certain conditions, may also help to detect a preceding pedestrian.

Vehicle Detection:

  • When the system determines that the possibility of a frontal collision with the vehicle in front of you is high, it prompts the driver to take evasive action by using an audible and visual alert.
  • Alerts operate when the vehicle speed is approximately 7 to 110 MPH for potential collisions with a vehicle.
  • This system goes a step further in altogether preventing collisions by aiding the driver with additional brake force (if determined necessary) and applying the brakes to reduce the vehicle speed up to 25 MPH to reduce or prevent potential collisions with a vehicle.

Pedestrian Detection:

  • The system detects a potential pedestrian based on size, profile, and motion.
  • Alerts sound when vehicle speed is 7 to 50 MPH
  • IF driver does not brake and system determines collision is going to happen, the PCS may operate automated braking for speeds 7 to 50 MPH and may reduce vehicle speed by up to 19 MPH for potential collisions.

The following settings can be adjusted.  Adjustments affect both vehicle and pedestrian detection together; they cannot be adjusted independently.

  • Alert Timing (brake operation remains the same): Far – Mid (default setting) – Near.
  • Turn function ON or OFF – if the system is turned OFF, it will default to back ON with the Mid alert timing each time you turn the car back on.

 

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2.  Lane Departure Alert

There are several variations of Lane Departure Alert.  Lane Departure Alert uses an in-vehicle camera designed to detect visible white and yellow lane markers in front of the vehicle and the vehicle’s position on the road.  Lane Departure Alert is designed to function at speeds of approximately 32 MPH or higher on relatively straight roadways.  You can turn the system ON or OFF and it will remain in the selected position until you manually change it back – it does not default back on.  Lane Departure Alert (alone) comes on the 2016-2017 Lexus LX.

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist comes on 2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS F, and the 2016-2017 RX.  When equipped and enabled, the system may provide small corrective steering inputs to the steering wheel for a short period of time to help the driver keep the vehicle in its lane.    Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist is designed to function at speeds approximately 32 MPH or higher on relatively straight roadways.

  • The MID will display the system’s operating status 
    • IF the system is unable to detect the lane markings or if the system is temporarily disabled on one of both sides, the MID will show the inside of the displayed lines to be empty
    • If the system is able to detect the lane markings, the MID will show white, filled in lines
    • When the Lane Departure Alert system is operating, the MID will flash orange on the affected side – appropriate line
    • When the Steering Assist function is operating, the MID will flash green on the outside of the filled-in lines for the affected side

You can turn off this system and it will remain OFF until you manually turn the system back ON.

Lane Keep Assist comes on the 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 RX and the 2018 LC.  Lane Keep Assist is only operational when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is on and is only a driver assist function.  The system will deactivate when the driver is not holding the steering wheel and will assist the driver with some of the steering operations necessary for staying in the current visibly marked lane.

Vehicle Sway Warning is available on 2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 GS F, 2016-2017 RX, 2017 LX and the 2018 LC.  Vehicle Sway Warning alerts the driver with a buzzer and displaying a warning indicator on the MID prior to instances such as deviating from the road in the event of drowsiness, inattention or distracted driving.  This can also be turned ON or OFF and will remain in that position until the driver manually changes it.

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3. Intelligent High Beam Headlamps

Availability:  2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES, 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 GS F, 2016-2017 RX, 2016-2017 LX and the 2018 LC.  This system is designed to help drivers see more of what’s ahead at night time without blinding other drivers.  IHB is designed to function at speeds approximately 25 MPH or higher.  The minimum speed may vary by vehicle and the system can be turned ON or OFF.

4. High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Availability: 2017 IS, 2016-2017 ES and 2016-2017 GS F

Designed to function at speeds approximately 25 to 110 MPH and the vehicle speed must be above 28 MPH in order to initiate the system.  System will help maintain the preset distance to the vehicle in front and may apply brakes if needed to slow your vehicle down in order to maintain that preset distance.  You can adjust the vehicle to vehicle settings: Long – Medium (default) and Short.

Another, more advanced, variation of Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is the available All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.  All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is available on 2016-2017 GS, 2016-2017 RX, 2016-2017 LX and the 2018 LC.  This system will do the same as the first, but will also cover speeds below 25 MPH and designed to function between 0 – 110 MPH.  All-Speed DRCC may enable low-speed following, speed matching, stopping and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle.

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Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Limitations to Systems: Important to Remember

Do not overly rely on Lexus Safety System+ since the system does have limitations, especially when driving in inclement weather.  Below are conditions where these systems may not operate OR may activate a driver alert and/or automatic braking may occur when not actually needed.

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Vehicle Detection Limitations:

  • When visibility is poor due to bad weather (rain, snow, fog, blizzard, etc)
  • When driving around locations with sharp curves for a period of time after coming out of a turn – due to camera recognition
  • When there is intense light from the front (high beam lights from oncoming vehicle)
  • When 6.5 feet or less from the preceding vehicle (may trigger the BRAKE! Alert or auto-brake for you)
  • If the vehicle in front is super small, low or irregularly high
  • When the camera is facing the wrong direction due to damage or misalignment
  • When something is on the sensor!  Check and make sure your Lexus emblem does not have bugs, dirt or ice on it.
  • While VSC is activated
  • While the accelerator is pressed
  • While backing up
  • While driving at very high speeds (over 110 MPH)

Pedestrian Detection Limitations and Instances System May Operate, Even if Collision is NOT Likely:

  • When there is an obstacle or parked car at the point of entering a curve, in a curve or at an intersection
  • When passing through a narrow steel bridge or through a low ceiling area like a tunnel or parking structure
  • When driving on uneven road or in weeds
  • Upon seeing a raised intersection, sign or advertisement board in front of the vehicle
  • While driving up or down a slope and manhole cover (for example) is in front of the vehicle
  • When passing through parked cars or driving between vehicles
  • When turning around a curve where there is a pedestrian to the front of the vehicle (can activate even if they are on the sidewalk)

Lane Departure Alert Limitations

System May Not Operate as Designed:

  • Bad Weather Conditions blocking vehicle camera visibility or lane marker visibility

System Operation May Be Reduced:

  • Lane Markers have been rubbed off, removed or can’t be seen
  • Road surface is bright, light concrete or wet

System May Stop Temporarily:

  • When amount of light changes dramatically
  • If vehicles move up or down (uneven road) or when driving on slippery road
  • When camera is bathed in strong light

The system WILL NOT Operate:

  • If driving on unpaved road
  • When driving too close to a preceding vehicle, blocking the camera from seeing lane markers

Intelligent High Beam Headlamps Limitations

  • Bad Weather
  • Driving on a road with frequent curves or when there is a sharp curve
  • If vehicle is modified
  • If vehicle in front has dirty headlights or taillights

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control Limitations

  • Bad Weather – when system determines there is bad weather, there are cases where it will automatically turn OFF
  • IF system detects filth the system may turn OFF automatically
  • When vehicle is being towed
  • Steep inclines
  • When leaving lane while on an expressway
  • When leading vehicle is pulling an empty trailer making the rear surface area very small (including motorcycles)

For more information on Lexus Safety System+, visit LexusDrivers.com or swing by North Park Lexus at Dominion for a personal presentation of these advanced safety systems.

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ABC’s of Lexus: Part II

We all know our ABC’s, but do you know the ABC’s of Lexus?  Learn more about the innovative new features found on the Lexus model lineup by going back to the basics. This is Lexus, defined.  Part II of the ABC’s of Lexus: your updated Lexus Glossary.

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Artificial Intelligence Shift Control

Standard on the 2017 Lexus ES, GX, LS, and LX – AI Shift control automatically changes the shift pattern in response to road conditions and/or the driver’s intention to enhance driving comfort.  Basically, AI Shift Control helps deliver a smooth, responsive driving experience by automatically controlling the transmission gear selection – thank you, Lexus! 

Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA)

Standard in the 2017 Lexus GS, GS F, LX, and RX – Blind Spot Monitor alerts the driver if a vehicle is approaching in an adjacent lane, while the Rear Cross-Traffic assists the driver when backing out of a parking spot or driveway.  BSM with RCTA helps make lane changes safer and provides peace of mind when pulling out of a busy parking lot.

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Blind Spot Monitor – discrete blinking lights in the mirrors alert the driver without causing a distraction.

Center and Rear Torsen Differential

This is the mechanical torque-sensing differential that always favors the wheel or axle with the best grip in order to arrest wheel spin before invoking power-reducing traction control. A Torsen® center differential is used on all-wheel-drive models; a Torsen® rear differential is used on rear-wheel-drive F SPORT models.

Standard on 2017 RC F and available on GS, IS, LS, RC

 

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Standard Torsen Differential on Lexus RC F

 

Driver Attention Monitor

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If you have the LDA and Pre-Collision System Buttons on your GX steering wheel you will also have the Driver Attention Monitor.  All part of the Driver Assistance Package.

Lexus explains the advanced system:

The Driver Attention Monitor, part of the Advanced Pre-Collision System (PCS), uses a camera mounted on the steering column to monitor the driver’s face and eyelids. Two near-infrared lights are built into the camera to illuminate the driver’s face and eyelids–even in the dark. The Driver Attention Monitor uses the width of the face and the position of the eyes and mouth to calculate the position of the driver’s face; it then uses the width of the upper and lower lines of the eyes to calculate the position of the driver’s eyelids. If the system detects the driver not looking directly ahead for a few seconds or more, and if an obstacle is detected ahead, the system alerts the driver. The alert consists of a warning beep, a flashing light on the instrument panel and a “BRAKE!” warning message in the multi-information display.

Driver Attention Monitor is available on 2017 Lexus GX (with Driver Assistance Package ZA) and 2017 LS

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EV mode in CT 200h

EV Mode

Standard on the Lexus Hybrid models, this mode allows the vehicle to travel short distances at moderate speeds without using the gasoline engine. It allows the vehicle to maneuver within a parking lot or garage in a quiet, emission-free mode. EV mode can only be accessed if the battery has a sufficiently high level of charge.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW)

Forward Collision Warning is one of the many components that make up the Pre-Collision System which is included in the comprehensive Lexus Safety System+ package. Forward Collision Warning adds another level of confidence and peace of mind, with technology that can detect obstructions and help the driver take action to prevent or mitigate collisions.   Standard on 2017 ES, GS, GS F, LX and RX

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Forward Collision Warning is part of the Pre-Collision System

G-Force Artificial Intelligence Shift Control

Kind of a mouthful, G-Force Artificial Intelligence Shift Control is actually an enhancement to the existing AI Shift Control.  First introduced on 2014 IS models with 8-Speed Sport Direct Shift transmission (IS 350 RWD and IS 350 RWD F SPORT), G-AI Shift Control now comes on most Lexus models including:

  • IS (8-speed)
  • GS
  • GS F
  • LS
  • RC
  • RC F
  • LC
  • NX
  • RX

G-AI Shift Control automatically selects the optimum gear and downshift pattern in response to G forces generated by acceleration and deceleration. The selected gear is maintained through the corner for optimum acceleration when exiting the corner.  G-AI Shift Control helps ensures the ideal gear selection for deceleration when entering the corner, chassis balance through the corner and acceleration when exiting the corner.

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G-AI Shift Control helps you corner like the pros

Heads Up Display

Heads Up Display is not a new feature, but it has been revamped and provides a sharp image appearing approximately 6.6 feet forward of the driver thanks to the liquid crystal display (LCD) built into the Heads Up Display unit.  Both the height and brightness of the display is adjustable and even comes in color for the 2017 LX and all-new 2018 LC.  The HUD is linked to the meters and navigation system and projects a variety of information, such as the current vehicle speed and route guidance to a set destination.

HUD is available in the 2017 Lexus GS, GS F, LX and RX and one of those standard added options for 2018 Lexus LC

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Heads Up Display in the Lexus GS

Intelligence Clearance Sonar (ICS)

First available on the 2017 Lexus RX, Intelligence Clearance Sonar adds an automatic braking function to Blind Spot Monitor with RCTA and Intuitive Parking Assist.

Intelligent Clearance Sonar can reduce drive force and automatically apply braking to avoid or mitigate contact with the approaching vehicle or obstacle.
Rear Cross-Traffic Braking radar sensors in the rear quarters of the vehicle are designed to detect oncoming vehicles when the vehicle is in reverse, while Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking sonar sensors in the front and rear bumpers are designed to detect obstacles in the vehicle’s path during low-speed maneuvering.
When Rear Cross-Traffic Braking detects an oncoming vehicle or Intuitive Parking Assist with Auto Braking detects a nearby obstacle in the vehicle’s path, visual and audible warnings alert the driver.
If the driver does not take action when prompted by the audible and visual alerts, Intelligent Clearance Sonar will reduce drive force and then apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate contact with the approaching vehicle or obstacle.
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Intelligent Clearance Sonar in 2017 Lexus RX
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Turning on Parking Assist and ICS in Lexus RX
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ICS helps to safeguard RX bumpers and their owners’ garages worldwide

Justice League

Did you know the 2018 Lexus LC is in the new Justice League movie, Black Panther?  Check it out…

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2018 LC in new Justice League Comic Book Movie, Black Panther – coming soon

Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS)

Standard on 2017 Lexus GX, the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System or KDSS helps to limit and control body sway when on the road.  Loads of benefits, KDSS is one system we wouldn’t want to go without.

Benefits of KDSS:

  • Front and rear stabilizer bars automatically firm or relax in effect, optimizing suspension performance
  • During normal on-road driving, firm stabilizer bars promote consistent handling
  • During off-road driving, relaxed stabilizer bars enhance capability because of the increase in suspension travel. The wheels are freer to roll over rough terrain without rocking the vehicle or losing traction
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2017 Lexus GX 460 SPORT with standard KDSS

Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) System with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS)

Available now on GS and RC, the Lexus Dynamic Handling System with Dynamic Rear Steering is seen (in-part) on the 2018 LC with Performance Package.

Lexus lays out the function of LDH with DRS for you here:

Available on certain F SPORT RWD models only*, the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system with Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) provides target vehicle characteristics in accordance with vehicle speed, allowing the turning angles of the front and rear wheels to be changed arbitrarily in response to the steered angle of the steering wheel. LDH consists of the Variable Gear-Ratio Steering (VGRS) system, which controls the turning angle of the front wheels, and the Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS) system, which controls the turning angle of the rear wheels. LDH integrates and controls the VGRS, DRS and Electric Power Steering (EPS) systems in order to achieve superior vehicle stability and reaction performance in response to the driver’s intention. The system controls the turning angles of the front and rear wheels in accordance with the steered angle of the steering wheel and the vehicle speed to achieve target vehicle characteristics. The LDH system drives the steering actuator assembly in the VGRS system and the rear steering link assembly in the DRS system in accordance with the steered angle of the steering wheel and the vehicle speed; thus controlling vehicle slip angle and yaw rate to achieve target vehicle characteristics. Control of the rear wheels’ turning angle by the DRS system is calculated by the front steering control ECU and actuated by the driving of a DC motor in the rear steering link assembly (via the rear steering control ECU). In the low-speed range, yaw rate characteristics are set high to achieve reduction of the driver’s steering efforts and to shorten the turning radius; vehicle slip characteristics in the low-speed range have been optimized. In the medium speed range, yaw rate characteristics are set high to ensure superior turning performance and a steering feels appropriate to the driver’s intention. In the high-speed range, the vehicle slip angle characteristics of the target vehicle characteristics are set to “0”; in addition, vehicle slip angle changing characteristics are set high in order to achieve a level of stability and vehicle motion performance that suits driver intentions.

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2017 GS with Lexus Dynamic Handling System and Dynamic Rear Steering

Multi-Display (MID)

Commonly referred to as “MID”, the multi-display is optimally placed for driver convenience and provides a centralized source for operation navigation, audio, air conditioning, hybrid system information and more.  Lexus explains:

This high-resolution, Thin Film Transistor (TFT) color multi-information display (MID) located in the Optitron instrument cluster displays information in four segmented areas and is accessed via the steering-wheel-pad “DISP“ button. The top area displays features like Cruise Information, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (set vehicle speed and control conditions of the system) and Warnings (immediately interrupts display), Multi-Terrain Select, Turn-by-Turn navigation and diagnostic trouble codes. The second area shows features like Multi-Terrain Select selection conditions, operating conditions of CRAWL Control and outside temperature. The third area displays feature like vehicle shift position and currently selected vehicle height. The bottom area provides the odometer/trip-meter display.

Multi-Display is standard on 2017 CT, ES, GS, GS F, IS, LS, LX, NX, RC, RC F and RX

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MID on 2018 LC

NuLuxe Interior

Some Lexus owners still think of “NuLuxe” has something undesirable, however, this synthetic leather-type seat material is truly comfortable and best of all, environmentally responsible.  Smooth, and soft to the touch, NuLuxe is available in Parchment, Light Gray, Black and now Sepia – on 2017 GX only.  It is manufactured in a process that generates no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and in a process that generates 65% less C02 emissions than similar material. It also weighs only half as much as leather, contributing to the overall reduction in vehicle weight.

NuLuxe is standard on 2017 CT, ES, GS, GX, IS, NX, RC RC F, and RX, however, most Lexus owners will really only see the “standard” NuLuxe interior on the CT, IS, NX, ES, and RC.  Although standard on all of the models listed above, this standard interior is only on the most basic equipment levels for the RX, GX and RC F which makes up a small proportion of RX’s that are available for sale, an even smaller portion of GX’s built for sale and almost non-existent on the RC F.

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2017 Lexus GX with Sepia NuLuxe interior
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Black NuLuxe interior in 2017 Lexus RX.  Can you tell the difference?

One-Touch Power Trunk

An indulgent feature that once experienced makes it almost impossible for you to imagine owning a car without it.  The One-Touch Power Trunk is standard on the 2017 Lexus GS F and LS but also widely available on 2017 ES and GS.

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One-Touch Power Trunk button

Pedestrian Detection

Pedestrian Detection is another component of the Pre-Collision System and included in the Lexus Safety System+ Package that is now standard on 2017 Lexus ES, GS, GS F, IS, LX and RX plus the new 2018 LC.

Pedestrian Detection system uses a camera system to detect pedestrians and alert the driver of the possibility of a frontal collision.
LS models equipped with the Advanced Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection use a stereo camera system, while models equipped with Lexus Safety System+ use a monocular camera system.
At speeds between approximately 7 and 50 mph, the system can detect a pedestrian based on size, profile, and motion. If the system determines a potential frontal collision with a pedestrian, it prompts the driver with audio and visual alerts to take evasive action and brake, followed by Brake Assist activation to prepare the brakes for emergency braking.
If the driver does not brake in a set time and the system determines that the risk of collision with a pedestrian is extremely high, the system may automatically apply the brakes, reducing speed by up to 19 mph, to help the driver reduce the impact and in certain cases avoid the collision.
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Lexus ES with Pedestrian Detection

Qi-Compatible Charger

As great as the concept is and as much as we wished this worked, Lexus seems to have thrown in the towel, at this time at least and scrapped the Qi-Compatible Charging Tray that came on a handful of 2017 LX and NX.

 

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Qi-ya later.  Qi-Compatible Charging Tray seen in the Lexus NX

Rear-Cross Traffic Braking

This one is so new it’s only been seen on one model, so far – the 2017 RX.  Part of ICS, the new Rear-Cross Traffic Braking will also be on the soon-to-be-released 2018 LS (we talked about this feature in an earlier blog post).

With Rear Cross-Traffic Braking (RCTA), radar sensors in the rear quarters of the vehicle are designed to detect oncoming vehicles when backing from a parking spot or when backing from a driveway into a cross street. Visual and audible warnings occur if cross-traffic is detected. If the driver does not take action when prompted by the visual and audible alerts, Rear Cross-Traffic Braking will reduce drive force and then apply the brakes to help avoid or mitigate contact with the approaching vehicle. The system is activated at each ignition cycle unless RCTA has been set to OFF in the MID settings menu.

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Steering Vibration

Steering wheel vibration is just one of the alerts that notify the driver when Lane Departure Alert is activated.  This can be turned off – which we are frequently asked about.

On some models, the Lane Departure Alert audible alert can be replaced by a steering wheel vibration, in addition to the indicator on the multi-information display when the vehicle moves too close to lane markers. The driver can choose between the audible alert and steering vibration in the settings menu in the multi-information display.

 

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Lexus LX is just one of new Lexus models with Steering Wheel Vibration with Lane Departure Alert (when activated).

Torque Vectoring Differential

The Lexus RC F offered a Lexus-first Torque Vectoring Differential that put added control into the hands of the driver.  With three driver-selectable modes- Standard, Slalom, and Track – the TVD responds in one-thousandth of a second to vary torque distribution according to cornering conditions.  By sending more power to the outside rear tire, it helps rotate the RC F around the turn for enhanced agility, while also helping you hold your line with unrelenting precision.

TVD is standard on 2017 Lexus GS F and available on the Lexus RC F.

 

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Molten Pearl Lexus RC F with available Torque Vectoring Differential

Ultra-Luxury Package

The Ultra Luxury Package available on the Lexus ES transforms the already comfortable ES sedan into moving luxury retreat.  Exclusive Ultra Luxury Package features include:

  • Panoramic Moon Roof
  • Semi-Aniline Leather with Embossed Stitch Seats
  • Driver’s Seat Cushion Extender
  • Rear Door Sunshades
  • One Touch Power Trunk
  • 18-inch Wheel Upgrade
  • Mark Levinson Sound
  • Ambient Interior Lighting
  • Lexus Memory System for front passenger’s seat

 

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Panoramic Roof with Ultra Luxury Package on 2017 Lexus ES 350

Variable Gear Ratio Steering

 

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Performance Package LC with Variable Gear Ratio Steering

Variable Gear-Ratio Steering is standard on the 2017 LX and available on 2017 GS, LS and RC, however, it is on the 2018 LC Performance Package where VGRS really shines.  Variable Gear-Ratio Steering automatically adjusts the front-wheel steering angle and response.  At low speeds, VGRS reduces the number of turns, lock to lock, for easier maneuvering.  At high speeds, the steering gear ratio is optimized for increased high-speed responsiveness and control.  When combined with Active Rear Steering, VGRS enhances response, rear grip and overall agility when cornering.

 

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2018 LC Performance Package with Variable Gear-Ratio Steering

Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) Front Seats

Another mouth-full, but something we are thankful to have as standard equipment on the 2017 CT, ES, GS, GS F, LS, NX, and RX.

Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seats feature forward placement of front headrests, an optimized seatback shape and reinforced seat side frames. In the event of a rear-end collision, the front seats have been designed to push backward, allowing the occupants to sink into their seats. This can help limit excessive head movement by reducing the space between the head and the headrest, helping decrease the severity of whiplash injury in certain types of rear-end collisions.

 

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Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) Front Seats in Lexus RX (notice the forwardly tilted head rest)

Xylograph

For any Scrabble fans, Xylograph is defined as an engraving on wood.  Since we are need of a suitable “X”- word for this updated Lexus Glossary, we decided to go with Xylograph as it helps describe the Takumi Craftsmanship seen in the Art Wood on the 2018 Lexus LS.

The 2018 LS benefits from using sophisticated sliced wood and laser cutting technologies to produce new interior finish options.  The grain pattern of Art Wood is achieved by combining different color woods and is an original Lexus design, created using Takumi craftsmanship skills.

 

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The new Art Wood in the 2018 LS is an evolved form of Xylograph (hey, it works for us!)

Yet

Yet is the philosophical soul of Lexus innovation.  It is also the theme for the 2017 Lexus Design Award.

Yet” inspires us to find synergy effects by fusing seemingly incompatible goals – spacious yet aerodynamic design– for example. By harmonizing contradictory elements, “Yet” opens up visionary frontiers of progressive design and technology to deliver amazing, new experiences to the world.

 

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“Yet” Philosophy Inspires 2017 Lexus Design Award, Finalists Recently Announced

Zonetime

Zonetime is defined as the standard time throughout a time zone that is the actual time at the meridian on which the time zone is based.  Therefore we chose zonetime since a few new Lexus now have a GPS-enabled clock that will change the time based on the time zone (zonetime) that you are traveling in.  I know, super clever.

 

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GPS-enabled analog clock in Lexus LS

Congratulations!  You’ve completed the 2nd installment of The ABC’s of Lexus.  We hope this has been an informative read, and at the very least, can be put to good use when playing Words with Friends.

Lexus ABC Part II