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.

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

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

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.

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Find it Faster: Voice Command Cheat Sheet

Already know where you want to go but still, need some navigation assistance in getting there?  For Lexus drivers looking for a specific business while on the road, we have the ultimate voice command cheat sheet.  Find it faster by simply saying “Find Lexus” or “Show Lexus icons” – for example – and get directions without having to wait through multiple voice prompts.

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Press your voice command button, wait for the beep then say “Find <Business>” or “Show <Business> icons” to find the business you’re needing faster.  Below is a list of businesses our San Antonio Lexus drivers may be looking for while out on the road.  We’ve even taken the liberty to highlight a few of our favorites.

*Fun to note, a few of the businesses can be even be located using shorter, phonetically appropriate nick-names as you will see on the list below.  

Business POI List:

  • Apple Store
  • Bank Of America
  • Baskin Robbins
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Bee Kay (Burger King)
  • Best Buy
  • Bruegger’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • CVS
  • Capital One
  • Carl’s Junior
  • Carrabba’s
  • Chevron
  • Chik-Fil-A
  • Chili’s
  • Chipotle
  • Chuck E Cheese
  • Costco
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Dee Cue (Dairy Queen)
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • Einstein Brothers Bagels
  • Embassy Suites
  • Exxon
  • Fazoli’s
  • Fuddruckers
  • Gulf (Gulf Gas Station)
  • HEB
  • Hilton
  • Hilton Garden Hotel
  • Holiday Inn
  • Holiday Inn Express
  • Home Depot
  • JC Penny
  • Jack in the Box
  • KFC
  • Kohl’s
  • La Quinta Inn
  • Lexus
  • Lexus Dealerships
  • Longhorn (Steakhouse)
  • Lowe’s
  • Macaroni Grill
  • Macy’s
  • Marriott
  • McDonald’s
  • Mobil (gas station)
  • Nordstrom
  • Office Depot
  • Office Max
  • Panera
  • RadioShack
  • Radisson (hotel)
  • Sam’s Club
  • Schlotzky’s
  • Sears
  • Shell (gas station)
  • Sheraton (hotel)
  • Sonic
  • Staples
  • Starbucks
  • Steak ‘n Shake
  • Subway
  • TCBY
  • Target
  • Texaco (gas station)
  • Toyota
  • Toyota Dealerships
  • Trader Joe’s
  • US Bank
  • Valero
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wendy’s
  • What a Burger
  • Wing Stop

When in doubt, give your voice command a quick push and after the beep simply say “Find <Insert Business>“.  More than likely, that business will be one of the Business POI’s already programmed in your vehicle’s voice command vocabulary.

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4 Tools to Help You Master Your New LC

The all-new Lexus LC offers the most advanced engineering and technology systems seen in any Lexus to-date.  If you’re one of the lucky ones that get to take the 2018 LC home every night and have now had a sufficient amount of time of just basking in the glory of driving such a show-stopping coupe in your neighborhood – not to mention parking it in your driveway, – you might now have started to ask yourself how everything works.  After spending some time with the advanced Lexus LC, we started asking ourselves more than just a couple of questions on some basic operations.  To help you out, we are sharing 4 tools that will help you master your new Lexus LC.

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Tool # 1

Let’s start with a seemingly simple operation: how do you set the automatic parking brake?  You may be asking yourself, why would this make our list for just 4 tools that will help you master your new LC?  The answer is this, you can’t enjoy your new toy if you’re worried you might break it.  For anyone that has to park on a hill or on a road that has even the slightest slope, you may surprise yourself, and the neighbors by pulling a Jekyll and Hyde.  Drastically morphing from the cool kid with the cool car to a frazzled crazy person looking for the damn parking brake.  We’ve been there.  Keep your cool with our first helpful tool: find and turn on the Automatic Parking Brake mode.  You can find the Parking Brake located above your right knee when in the driver’s seat of the LC.  When you are stopped, press and hold the brake switch until you see a message displayed on your MID in front of you stating “EPB Shift Interlock Function Activated.”  Once you see that message and have the parking brake in auto-mode, you’ll never have to worry about parking on that hill again.

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Automatic Parking Brake How-To on Lexus LC

Tool # 2

Now that you know your LC is safe and sound when you put it in park, you may be asking yourself how you will literally be able to keep your cool in this 100 degree San Antonio heat.  Our second tool will make even the newest LC owner seem like they’ve been driving high-performing, advanced luxury sports cars like the LC for years.  Climate Concierge is the new go-to tool for anyone that wants their Lexus set at the perfect temperature and providing the utmost comfort year round.  No longer will you have to fumble around poking and prodding your new remote touch device to turn on those cooling seats.  Climate Concierge will do everything for you, automatically.  Lexus Climate Concierge integrates climate controls with the heated and ventilated seating and is easily controlled by a single switch on the new Lexus Climate Concierge monitor.  This new system also pairs with the leather-trimmed heated steering wheel to offer a warm surface for the entire diameter of the steering wheel, regardless of the placement of the driver’s hands.  Once you’re in the Climate settings (see the picture below), select Options and turn Concierge on AUTO MODE.

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Climate Controls in the Lexus LC

Tool # 3 

Now, you may be thinking that all of these tools sound great, but how do I find out the rest or how do you even get to the Climate Concierge monitor?  Meet your new best friend: the Lexus-first e-Owners Manual.  That’s right, the new Lexus LC has all of the info you could ever need conveniently stored in your navigation system.  Locate the LC e-Owners Manual and you’ll have the answer to your question(s) on everything from using your turning signal to turning on or off Valet Mode.

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Lexus LC eOwner’s Manual

Tool # 4

This one is an extension of Tool # 3 and you get a hint of what it may be from checking out the picture above.  Our last tool that will make you the master of the Lexus LC is the visual search function in your new e-Owners Manual.   Let’s face it, sometimes you need some help but you don’t even know what you’re needing help with.  In times like this, you can click on Visual Search in your virtual manual and locate the feature or part of the car that you’re needing help with.  Problem solved!

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What’s your favorite feature on the new Lexus LC?  Share in the comments section below or send us an email: jbrennan@nplexusdominion.com.

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e-Owners Manual Videos in Lexus LC

New Advanced Safety Systems Coming on Redesigned LS

Lexus recently released information on new, advanced active safety technologies which will be coming on the all-new Lexus LS.  The redesigned LS begins production early December so the all-new flagship should make its dealership debut in January – but we will keep you updated with any changes in the currently scheduled production.  The Lexus LS will be equipped with the already well-established active safety package that we have on Lexus models now, Lexus Safety System+, combined with Lexus Safety System+ A.  This new system will be available on models built for Japan, North America, and Europe and promises to deliver a safer, more-secure driving experience in a broad range of situations.  The new support system has been designed to be clear and intuitive by providing the driver with information ranging from support status notifications to information on vehicle behavior during safety feature operation via a large Head-Up-Display (HUD) and a multi-information display.

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Lexus Safety System+ A combined with Lexus Safety System+

The Lexus LS will pioneer a new age with an extensive application of advanced safety technologies.  Lexus Safety System+ is based on the Integrated Safety Management Concept and includes PCS with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert/Lane Keep Assist and Automatic High-Beam Headlamps.  The new Lexus Safety System+ A will provide advanced pre-collision support and sophisticated driving assistance.  What are these new supportive driving assistance technologies?

Active Steering Assist, a world-first technology, is one of these new, sophisticated driving assistance systems that will debut on the new Lexus LS.  Active Steering Assist is said to help prevent collisions that cannot be avoided through automatic braking alone

Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) is designed to warn the driver of the possibility of head-on collisions at intersections.

Lexus CoDrive will assist the driver in maintaining in-lane driving or in changing lanes.

The chart above provides a full list of safety systems provided by both Lexus Safety System+ and the new Safety System+ A.  

Not only will the new LS debut the supportive new safety system, but it will also see enhancements to the comprehensive Safety System+ that we use currently.  Below we explore each of the new, advanced active safety technologies.

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2018 Lexus LS Multi-Information Display

Pre-Collision System (PCS) – NOW with Pedestrian Alert and Active Steering Assist

The all-new LS will have the conventional PCS, which supports collision prevention and damage reduction through alerts, as well as a world-first technology, Pedestrian Alert, and Active Steering Assist.  Pedestrian Alert specifies the direction of the presence of a pedestrian.  If there is a possibility of a collision with a pedestrian ahead, the direction of the pedestrian’s presence is shown in an animation via the LS’s large color HUD, contributing to intuitive recognition on the part of the driver.  Active Steering Assist determines when there is a high possibility of collision with a pedestrian in the lane of travel or with a continuous structure, such as a guardrail, and if the system also determines that it is difficult to avoid a collision with brake control alone but that it might be avoided with steering control, the system assists in collision prevention through automatic steering control in addition to activating an alert and applying the brakes.

… We are definitely getting close to autonomous driving with this one!

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Lexus CoDrive

Lexus CoDrive is described as advanced driving assist technology that can lead to automated driving.  Lexus CoDrive adds Lane Change Assist (LCA) to the basic functions of Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) to provide steering support that is in line with the intentions of the driver and lane-changing support on highways or motor-vehicle-only roadways.  “By providing seamless driving support on roads with curves or in traffic jams, Lexus CoDrive largely decreases driver burden.  It coordinates with the LS’s large HUD and multi-information display to clearly notify the driver of the state of support provided,” explains Lexus.

Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)

Lane Tracing Assist provides lane-keeping support by way of steering control when Adaptive Cruise Control is in operation.  In addition to lane line detection by way of a camera, tracing the path of the vehicle ahead enables assistance even when lane lines cannot be recognized.  Examples of this could be in low-speed driving through traffic when there is little distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.  If the speed of entering a curve is found, based on navigation data, to be too fast, the driver is alerted by way of the LS’s HUD and MID, and the vehicle is automatically slowed.

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LTA activation

Lane Change Assist (LCA)

LCA, which uses driver manipulation of the turning signal as a cue to activate, supports lane changes by monitoring the surrounding road environment and, at the appropriate timing, controls steering, as well as acceleration and deceleration.  – so you better drive really well, or else Lexus will take over…

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LCA activation

Driver Emergency Stop Assist

Driver Emergency Stop Assist is coordinated with LTA.  Lexus explains the new system:  If non-operation by the driver continues during use of LTA on a motor-vehicle only roadway, Driver Emergency Stop Assist supports the driver through audio and visual alerts and gentle deceleration.  It then activates the vehicle’s hazard lamps and horn to alert those outside the vehicle to help prevent or reduce damages to the vehicle or to others, while slowing and eventually stopping the vehicle within its lane.  After stopping, it unlocks the doors and activates an automatic SOS (HELPNET) connection for a rescue request, contributing to early driver rescue.

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Activation of Driver Emergency Stop Assist

Two-Stage Adaptive High-Beam System (AHS)

With eight LED lights at the top and 16 below (on each side), the Two-stage Adaptive High-Beam System provides optimal lighting by way of separate on/off control of each row of LEDs, enabling a finer control of light strength and distance compared to the existing LED-based AHS.  This allows higher frequency of high-beam driving without blinding preceding or oncoming vehicles, thus improving nighttime visibility.

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Activation of Two-Stage Adaptive High-Beam System

Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA)

To help prevent collisions at intersections, FCTA is meant to detect forward cross-traffic vehicles.  Using forward direction radar and world-first alert to tell the driver the direction from which a cross-traffic vehicle is approaching the immediate intersection.  Alerts are displayed on the HUD and if the vehicle proceeds regardless of the presence of an approaching vehicle in cross traffic, warnings are also sent to the driver via a buzzer and the LS’s MID.

Road Sign Assist (RSA)

RSA acquires road sign information using a camera and navigation maps and then displays such using the LS’s HUD and MID, thus reducing driver failed to recognize signs and encourage safe driving.

What else is new?  The 2018 Lexus LS will also provide drivers with several other active safety technologies including Parking support brakes, Panoramic View Monitor with side clearance view and cornering functions and a digital rear-view mirror.

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Panoramic View Monitor on 2018 LS:  Side Clearance View Display and Cornering View Display

Needless to say, the all-new LS will be at the forefront of advanced safety technologies.  We look forward to seeing these advanced systems in action when the 2018 LS debuts later this Fall and begins to arrive at our dealership January 2018.

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2018 Lexus LS: Coming Soon with New Advanced Safety Systems

The Ultimate Lexus Safety Feature Cheat Sheet

Lexus Safety System+ has brought us closer to a world with fewer car accidents.  Utilizing millimeter-wave radar and advanced camera systems, Lexus Safety System+ assists drivers in the form of pedestrian alerts, establishing preset distances from preceding vehicles, preventing lane drift, and more.  The new integrated suite of active safety technologies designed to better inform drivers and prevent accidents, is standard on some of Lexus’ most popular models and will soon become standard on the rest of the Lexus model line-up.  So, which models have these advanced systems?  Get smart about safety with our ultimate Safety System+ Cheat Sheet.

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Lexus Models with Safety System+

The 4 advanced safety systems included in the Lexus Safety System+ Package is Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA)/Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps.  You will get these 4 safety features on the new Lexus LX 570 and RX SUVs as well as on the ES sedans, IS, GS and GS F.

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

What is this exactly?  Lexus explains, the PCS with Pedestrian Detection is engineered to detect vehicles in the path of your Lexus, under certain conditions.  Should the system detect a pedestrian or determine a frontal collision is imminent, it’s designed to automatically prepare Brake Assist for increased brake force, automatically begin braking before impact and, depending on the vehicle, can even brake your vehicle to a complete stop.

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Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

The Lexus Pre-Collision System consists of 3 Pre-Collision features:

  • Forward Collision Warning – Vehicle warns driver when a collision is imminent
  • Automatic Emergency Braking – Vehicle can automatically apply brakes with no driver involvement
  • Pedestrian Detection – System can automatically apply brakes if a pedestrian is detected

 ** What about the Lexus models not listed above? The Lexus GX 460, NX crossover, LS sedan and RC coupes all come with an option that includes a PCS feature and although technically available (special order), we have not yet seen PCS on the CT 200h.  We will break down the advanced safety features on the Lexus models that still do not come with Safety System+ below.

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

What is DRCC?  DRCC uses radar technology to sense the speed and distance of vehicles in front of  you so to help maintain a preset following distance from the vehicle ahead.  If you happen to get too close to the vehicle in front of you, DRCC can automatically reduce your speed as needed.

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Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

Lane Departure Alert (LDA) | Lane Keep Assist (LKA)

What is LDA and LKA?  LDA consists of a Lane Departure Alert Function, Vehicle Sway Warning and Steering Vibration where LKA involves active Steering Assist and Lane Centering.

  • Lane Departure Alert Function – Vehicle warns driver when it detects inadvertent lane departure
  • Steering Vibration – Steering wheel vibrates as a notification to the driver when LDA is activated
  • Vehicle Sway Warning – Vehicle warns driver when vehicle is swaying or appears as if it may depart from its lane multiple times
  • Steering Assist – Vehicle can actively steer back into the lane when it detects an inadvertent lane departure
  • Lane Centering – When DRCC is set, vehicle actively steers to the center of the lane to assist the driver with staying in the lane
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Lane Departure Alert and Lane Keep Assist – standard on select Lexus models

Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps

Intelligent High-Beam Headlamps offer added illumination when the road ahead is clear and will temporarily switch to low-beam when they sense another vehicle ahead.  This convenient feature helps to provide added visibility and is a feature you can set and forget.

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Intelligent High-Beam Headlights – standard on these Lexus models

So, what about the rest of the Lexus model line-up?  Check out how to get some of these advanced safety features on the Lexus models that do not yet come with LSS+ as a standard package.

Lexus GX

Want the Lexus GX 460 but bummed it isn’t a Lexus model built with the Safety System+ Package?  You CAN get the suite of advanced systems on the GX by going up to the Luxury Model with the Driver Support Package.  The Luxury GX with Driver Support Package (ZA) typically lists for $69,209 and you can get one with the Sport Design package which lists for $70,444.  We have both options available and in-stock now (one of which was recently driven by Spurs player, Patty Mills!).  Check out our GX inventory here.

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2017 Lexus GX 460 Luxury with Sport Design and Driver Support Package available for sale and driven by Patty Mills!

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The Lexus NX is available with an optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control when you get the Luxury Package.  The NX 200t with Luxury Package and PCS will list for around $45,828 and there are a few in stock and incoming to Lexus at Dominion.  Check out our in-stock NX’s with the Luxury Package and PCS here.

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Lexus NX with Pre-Collision System

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Although extremely rare (we have yet to see one), you can get the Lexus CT 200h with PCS and DRCC – we found 1 in the entire United States.  This 1 Lexus CT 200h with PCS lists for $42,340 and as of right now, still appears to be available.  Give us a call at 210-816-6000 if you would like our sales team to try to reserve this rare CT for you.

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The redesigned 2018 LS models will come with Lexus Safety System+ as a standard feature, however you can still get the 2017 LS 460 with either the more commonly found PCS and All-Speed DRCC and Intelligent High Beam Headlamps OR the exclusive Advanced Pre-Collision System Package which includes PCS with All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Active Pedestrian Detection System, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Monitor with closed-eye detection and Low-Speed Collision Avoidance Assist (very cool!).  The LS 460 with Advanced Pre-Collision System will also come with the Ultra Luxury Package and many other indulgently high-end luxury features.  The list price is around $99,315 and we can get one for you!  IF PCS and DRCC is enough for you, the LS 460 is available with both – MSRP is around $79K – and readily available at Lexus Dominion!

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2017 Lexus LS with PCS

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2018 Lexus LS F SPORT Revealed

The new Lexus LS F SPORT model was recently revealed at the New York International Auto Show April 11th, 2017.  With many Lexus enthusiasts still salivating from the reinvented flagship debut that took place earlier this year,  -this LS F SPORT reveal is the proverbial cherry on top.

The all-new LS F SPORT promises to deliver the most engaging LS driving experience ever with handling enhancements and the latest generation of Lexus’ advanced chassis control technology, Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM).  The LS 500 F SPORT will come with standard 20-inch wheels along with larger front and rear brakes which is said to “unlock more the platform’s intrinsic performance capability.”  The LS F SPORT will also come with an optional Handling Package (RWD gas models only) which gives you Lexus Dynamic Handling (Variable Gear Ratio Steering and Active Rear Steering), Active Stabilizer and sport-tuned air suspension with rapid height function.  These handling enhancements capitalizes on the new Lexus GA-L platform  – the stiffest platform ever developed by Lexus – and will no doubt respond more like a sports coupe when taking curves – like any F SPORT model really should.

What else is different from the standard LS?  While the F SPORT models are nearly identical to the standard models – with an exception to a slightly noticeable driving difference that comes from carefully applied chassis tuning.  What really makes the Lexus F SPORT models, and the LS F SPORT we are talking about today, different from their standard counterparts is the unique design.

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The current Lexus F SPORT model line-up

The all-new LS 500 is already a head-turner with dramatic design language however the LS F SPORT shows an even greater commitment to it’s high-performance driving persona.   The F SPORT’s dramatic rendition of the signature spindle grille shows even greater intricacy in design and according to a recent Lexus Enthusiast article, the development of the new F SPORT grille took computer-aided design (CAD) operators five months to achieve the desired texture and interaction with light.  The F SPORT designers adjusted over 7,100 individual surfaces to achieve the right design texture for the new F SPORT grille (compared to 5,000 for the standard model’s grille).  The intricate design combined with the enlarged side grille of the new LS makes the F SPORT grille a perfect combination of form and function since it is also a key component required to maintain the LS’s cooling performance.

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The special F SPORT front grille on the 2018 Lexus LS

The LS F SPORT has the iconic F SPORT badging seen on the fenders but also sports exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels that highlight the new sedan’s accentuated profile.

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F SPORT badging on the new LS

The LS F SPORT interior is just as spectacular with exclusive F SPORT design elements seen throughout the cabin.  You first notice the F SPORT-exclusive front seat, which provides enhanced support for dynamic driving.  A perforated-grill pattern is seen on the seating surfaces and a unique scored aluminum trim adds to the sporty feel of the F SPORT model.

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LS F SPORT seating surface

Once in the driver’s seat, you’ll see a special F SPORT steering wheel as well as a new speedometer and tachometer in a movable meter with a ring that slides to display information – a design we’ve seen before and adapted from the LFA.  The LS F SPORT continues to hold true to the F SPORT design with aluminum accelerator, brake and footrest pedals and F SPORT perforated shift handle and footrest.  Of course this is the LS, so you’ll also get Ultrasuede in the seats and headliner – a nice touch.

Check out a few more pictures of the new Lexus F SPORT below or visit the Lexus at Dominion site for additional details on the all-new 2018 Lexus LS 500 here.

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LS F SPORT perforated shift handle
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LS F SPORT aluminum sport pedals
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Interior view of 2018 LS F SPORT

 

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LS F SPORT Speedometer – check out the speed limit icon (that’s new!)

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LS F SPORT standard 20-inch alloy wheels
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2018 LS F SPORT – coming soon!

For those who prefer the numbers.  Here are the specs for the soon-to-be-released 2018 LS F SPORT.

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