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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2018 Lexus GX: the Updates

The 2018 Lexus GX 460 includes just a handful of model year changes.  The changes are so minimal in fact that from a consumer standpoint, or anyone wanting to upgrade their vehicle to a new Lexus GX for that matter, may not want to wait for 2018 to arrive late next month and rather take advantage of the new, aggressive incentives available right now on the 2017 GX.

2018 GX Changes:

  • Back up Camera guidelines redesigned
  • Premium Package (PM) now with Black or Sepia NuLuxe seating material
  • New for 2018, Premium Package with Ecru (PP) comes with Ecru Leather seating material

Basically, the Premium Package GX will only be available with Leather seating, if you get the Ecru interior (PP Package) and the backup camera will have different guiding grid lines.  Right now, on the 2017 model year, you can get the Premium Package with either Sepia, Black or Ecru leather interior seating material since Leather interior seating is part of the 2017 Premium Package.  This change for the 2018 model year can be viewed as a positive for those wanting a versatile, more light-weight seating material which will aid in better fuel economy, but it can also be viewed as a “step-back” for anyone that prefers true leather seats and darker interiors without having to move up to the luxury model.

As a personal fan of the NuLuxe interiors (yes, I truly prefer NuLuxe), this wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me but, for longtime Lexus GX owners, it may be a difficult change to accept – at first.

 

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Lexus GX with Ecru interior

 

 

 

2018 Lexus LX: What’s New

The 2018 Lexus LX 570 is scheduled for production this month so Lexus has finally released some information on what we can expect for the 2018 model year.  Albeit just a handful of changes, we are excited nonetheless.  The Lexus flagship SUV has a long-standing reputation as the ultimate luxury utility vehicle and even after a decade since its debut, the 2018 LX continues to deliver both beauty and brawn.  It’s hard to beat the luxury and comfort offered by the Lexus LX already, but the all-new updates promise to elevate both style and safety in 2018.

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What’s New for 2018

The 2018 Lexus LX will see a few long awaited updates and more minor changes which will no doubt keep us busy when the new models arrive.

Exterior:

  • Eminent White Pearl replaces Starfire Pearl – finally!
  • Trim color between the spokes of the 21-inch wheels will change from gray metallic to black
  • Reverse lamps are now LED
  • Power Rear Door changed to automatic

Interior:

  • Shimamoku wood trim is now available – yes!
  • Genuine leather pad for the steering wheel is now available – super luxe!
  • Cover for Rear Seat Entertainment system updated to “enhance appearance” – sounds good to us!

Safety and Security:

  • Airbag cut-off switch has been updated to a pictogram to meet new regulation standards
  • Heater added to the Pre-Collision System (PCS) camera sensor – awesome for anyone outside of San Antonio!

A rare blend of sophistication and off-road capability, the Lexus LX  is one of the few remaining 8-passenger SUVs that can truly conquer any terrain.  The fully capable Lexus LX 570 also boasts rock solid reliability and resale value making it the preferred choice for adventurous luxury drivers.

Want more?  Check back for more 2018 updates or visit us online at www.lexusdominion.com.

 

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Starfire Pearl, seen above on 2017 LX, will soon be replaced by Eminent White Pearl for 2018

 

 

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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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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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

How to Pick the Right Enform Package

Lexus Enform elevates connected technology and delivers concierge-level service to Lexus drivers every day.  From emergency assistance to a GPS-enabled vehicle locator and live destination specialist, the Lexus Enform suite of connected services provides valuable peace of mind every time you get behind the wheel of your Lexus.   What’s even better is that Lexus Enform is complimentary for the first year and is now complimentary for the first 10 years if you’re lucky enough to drive the all-new 2018 LC.  For the first year in your new Lexus, you can enjoy all of the Enform Connected Services as little or as many times as you need, but what do you do after the complimentary trial is up?  How do you know which Enform package is right for you and how much does it cost?  We’ve got the answers for you here.  Learn more about the different Enform Package options and pricing so you can make an informed decision.

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Lexus Enform Connected Services

There are a few different price levels and packages for you to consider when going over all of your Lexus Enform renewal options.  First, make sure you’re looking at the correct package price options based on your Lexus – there are different packages for vehicles with navigation and vehicles without navigation.

Option 1:  $164.89/year

This first option is the same $164.89/year for both Lexus models with and without navigation.  Pretty easy.  With Option 1 you will get Safety Connect and Service Connect.  Here is what you get with both Safety Connect and Service Connect:

Safety Connect (SOS) is an emergency safety net.  Whether you’re involved in an accident, your vehicle is stolen, or you just run out of gas, assistance can be sent directly to your vehicle’s GPS location using Safety Connect.

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Service Connect is one of the most convenient new services available with Lexus Enform.  This valuable service allows for easy car maintenance and can provide updates on everything from fuel level and mileage to maintenance alerts and more via email or mobile app.  You can view Vehicle Health Reports on your desktop computer, tablet or phone by visiting LexusDrivers.com or using the Lexus Drivers mobile app.  Service Connect can even be turned on to automatically have your servicing dealer call you to help schedule a service or check the status of your Lexus.

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Vehicle Health Report 

Option 2: $249.90/year

Option 2 is also the same for vehicles with and without navigation.  Option 2 is $249.90 per year and includes Safety Connect, Service Connect and Enform Remote.

Enform Remote works via a mobile app and allows you to lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate controls, find your Lexus in a parking lot and even monitor guest drivers.  What’s better is that the Enform Remote set-up process has now been streamlined and you can get connected faster than ever using the new MyLexusEnform.com site.

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Lexus Enform Remote mobile app

If your Lexus does not have navigation, then you can stop here since those are your two package options.  For Lexus drivers with factory navigation, you have two more options available to you.

Option 3:  $299.90/year

Option 3 is $299.90 per year and will mix up the services a bit.  This option gives you Safety Connect, Service Connect and Enform Destinations.  That means, option 3 will not include Enform Remote.

Enform Destinations is a life saver for those uncomfortable using navigation or their vehicle’s voice command system.  Enform Destinations connects you to a live person 24-hours a day who can then provide en-route navigation assistance.  Simply press a button or say “Destination Assist” and you are connected.  You can then tell the live assistant where you are trying to go, what you are looking for or if they can provide suggestions while you’re on the road.  No need to pull over for directions.

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Enform Destinations – send directions and destinations directly to your navigation while en-route.

Option 4:  $349.90/year

For those that want it all, Option 4 delivers.  This package includes Safety Connect, Service Connect, Enform Destinations and Enform Remote.  Keep connected and take advantage of all of the convenient Enform Services for $349.90 per year.

For more information on Lexus Enform and how the Enform Services work, go to LexusDrivers.com or swing by Lexus at Dominion for a personal tutorial from our in-house Vehicle Technology Specialist.

Safe driving!

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Ultimate Voice Command Cheat Sheet

Get the most out of your Lexus by utilizing the built-in voice command system.  Yes, it can seem overwhelming at first but our Voice Command Cheat Sheet will make you an expert in no time.

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Command List

Frequently used commands and their actions.

BASIC

  • “Help”  –  Prompts system to offer examples of commands or operation methods
  • “Go Back”  –  Returns to the previous screen
  • “Go to <tab>”  –  Displays the command list of the selected tab
  • “More Hints”  –  Displays commonly used commands
  • “Cancel”  –  Cancels the voice command system

APPS

  • “Launch <apps>”  –  Activates the Lexus App Suite application  **say your preferred app, like Pandora where we have <apps> above and for every situation listed in this guide.

NAVIGATION

  • “Find <POI Category>”  –  Displays a list of whichever POI Category specified (example: gas stations, hotels, dining) that are near the current position
  • “Enter an Address”  –  Enables setting a destination by saying an address
  • “Go Home”  –  Displays the route home
  • “Pause Guidance”  –  Stops the route guidance
  • “Resume Guidance”  –  Resumes route guidance
  • “Show <POI> icons”  –  Displays the specified POI icons on the map
  • “Delete Destination”  –  Deletes the destination
  • “Previous Destination”  –  Displays previous destinations

PHONE

  • “Redial”  –  Places a call to the phone number of the latest outgoing call
  • “Call Back”  –  Places a call to the phone number of latest incoming call
  • “Show Recent Calls”  –  Displays your call history screen
  • “Dial <Phone Number>”  –  Calls said phone number
  • “Call <Contacts><Phone Types>”  –  Place a call to the said phone type of the contact in your phone book
  • “Mobile Assistant”  –  Activates Siri Eyes Free mode (iPhone 4S or newer)

MUSIC – Radio

  • “Tune to <frequency> AM”  –  Changes the radio to the specified AM station
  • “Tune to <frequency> FM”  –  Changes radio to that FM station
  • “Play <genre> Station”  –  Changes the radio to the specified genre
  • “Tune to preset <number>”  –  Changes the radio to the specified preset station
  • “Tune to <name>”  –  Changes radio to the SAT radio channel with that name
  • “Tune to channel <number>”  –  Changes the radio to the specified SAT Radio Channel number
  • “Play <genre> satellite station”  –  Changes the radio to SAT channel of specified genre
  • “AM Radio”  –  Selects AM radio mode
  • “FM Radio”  –  Selects FM radio mode
  • “Sirius XM”  –  Selects SAT Radio mode

MUSIC – other audio

  • “Play Playlist <name>”  –  Plays tracks from the selected playlist
  • “Play Artist <name>”  –  Plays tracks from the selected artist
  • “Play Song <name>”  –  Plays that song
  • “Turn Music On” –  Turns the audio system on
  • “Turn Music Off”  –  Turns audio system off
  • “Disc”  –  Selects Disc Mode
  • “USB”  –  Selects USB audio mode
  • “iPod”  –  Selects iPod audio mode
  • “Bluetooth Audio”  –  Selects Bluetooth audio mode
  • “External”  –  Selects VTR mode
  • “Auxiliary”  –  Selects AUX audio mode

OTHER INFORMATION

  • “Destination Assist”  –  Connects you to the Lexus response center
  • “Show Forecast”  –  Displays weather information
  • “Show Traffic”  –  Displays traffic information
  • “Lexus Insider”  –  Displays the Lexus insider list

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Keeping it Casual:  Casual Speech Does Work!

The voice command system has evolved and it really can understand most casual speech expressions.  The system cannot recognize every variation of each command and in some instances, it is possible to omit the command for the procedure and directly state the desired operation.  The best thing to do, when in doubt, is just give it a try.

Here are a few examples for each function with the actual Command listed first followed by an example expression that would get you the same desired function.

  • “Go Home”  OR  “Take me home”  OR  “Navigate to my house.”
  • “Enter an Address”  OR  “Give me a street”  OR  “I need a route to a street address”
  • “Find <POI Category>”  OR  “Search for <Restaurants> around here”  OR  “I need a route to a nearby <Gas Station>”
  • “Call <name> <type>”  OR  “Get me <Robert Brown>”  OR  “Contact the <Robert Brown> phone of <work>”
  • “Dial <number>”  OR  “Can you get me <2108166000>”  OR  “Ring <2108166000>”
  • “Play Artist <name>”  OR  “Play the artist <name>”  OR  “I want to hear the band <name>”
  • “Play Album <name>”  OR  “Switch to the album <name>”

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Other Tips and Tricks for Lexus Voice Command Systems

  1. IF a voice command cannot be recognized 5 times consecutively, voice recognition will be canceled.
  2. IF the system does not respond or the confirmation screen does not disappear, press the talk switch and try again.
  3. You can turn on or off “Display Voice Confirmations” by going to Voice Settings.
  4. When “Display Voice Confirmations” is set to on, voice prompts will be displayed for some voice commands when recognized.  If the recognized command is correct, say “YES” (or select YES).  Saying “NO” will take you back to the previous screen.
  5. When “Display Voice Confirmations” is turned off, voice prompts will only be displayed for important voice commands.
  6. IF “Display Voice Confirmations” is on and the commands you give the system are generally recognized correctly, a confirmation screen may be displayed asking if you would wish to set “Display Voice Confirmations” to off.  Just reply “YES” and you’re good to go – move even faster using your voice without the confirmations!
  7. You can turn off “Voice Guidance” by setting voice prompts to off.  Let’s you operate using voice even quicker!

What are your favorite Voice Commands?  Let us know in the comments section below.  For additional tips or instruction on using Lexus Voice Command, stop by our Lexus dealership in San Antonio for a personal tutorial with our Vehicle Technology Specialist.

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The Lexus LC in Color

The Lexus LC has gone from “Impossible” to breathless.  While never intended to be built, Akio Toyoda set his eyes on the LF-LC concept and realized that a production version of this concept car would signal the beginning of the next generation for the Lexus brand.  It is said that “Toyoda-san wanted the LC to deliver ‘breathless moments'”.   With the arrival of the Lexus LC at North Park Lexus Dominion, we can confirm that the LC delivers – we are sufficiently breathless each and every time we get to see the new LC live and in color.  Check out the Lexus LC in color right here.  Browse our guide to the exceptional colors available on the 2018 Lexus LC 500.

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The first time we saw the LC color line-up – LC color chart from Lexus Enthusiast

Caviar Mica

Caviar Mica was the first Lexus LC 500 that our dealership delivered and you may see it driving around San Antonio since it is currently the only Caviar Mica LC residing in the area as of today.  The mica flake in the dynamic black paint is pure perfection.

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2018 Lexus LC 500 in Caviar Mica
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Caviar Mica LC 500 Sport

Ultra White

Ultra White is the ultimate white and is reserved for the F SPORT and F Performance model-line up.  While this color is nothing new to Lexus, it definitely takes on a new persona on the Lexus LC.  We love how the lights highlight this high performing color.

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Ultra White Lexus LC 500
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LC in Ultra White

Infrared

This color is hard to resist and makes it almost impossible to look away.  When you see the Lexus LC in Infrared you experience that “breathless” moment that Akio Toyoda was going for when he began LC production.  Infrared does not disappoint.  It was turning heads at a recent Cars & Coffee meet in San Antonio – all without making a sound (we took the LC 500h).

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LC 500h in Infrared at Cars & Coffee San Antonio meet
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Awesome shot of the LC in Infrared at Cars & Coffee San Antonio meet
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Lexus LC in Infrared

Atomic Silver

This is one of our favorite Lexus colors and seeing it on the all-new Lexus LC only makes us love it more.  Fall in love with the Lexus LC in Atomic Silver…

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LC in Atomic Silver
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Atomic Silver Lexus LC 500
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LC Touring in Atomic Silver

Smokey Granite

Another favorite Lexus color and one that we want back!  Currently available only on the 2017 GS and now the 2018 LC, this classic Lexus gray is one of the best.

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Smokey Granite Mica Lexus LC at Lexus Dominion
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Smokey Granite Mica on the Lexus LC
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Great shot from ACE | photography.  Smokey Granite LC at Lexus Dominion

Liquid Platinum

Another high performing Lexus color that’s reserved for a select group within the Lexus model line-up.  Liquid Platinum takes “silver” to another level.  We have yet to see the new LC in Liquid Platinum, but if these pictures are any indication as to what to expect in person, we are sure it will be a winner.

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Liquid Platinum LC 500h
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LC in Liquid Platinum

Autumn Shimmer

This color choice was unexpected.  The wild card in the deck, Autumn Shimmer will make its debut on the 2018 LC.  When and if we get one here at Lexus Dominion remains to be seen…

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Nightfall Mica

Last but not least is Nightfall Mica.  Another new color for Lexus, this one is already a popular choice for those looking for a deep blue.  This color is dynamic, deep and mesmerizing on the LS Special Edition so we are confident that the LC in Nightfall Mica will not disappoint.

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LC in Nightfall Mica
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Looking good: LC in Nightfall Mica

What is your favorite color for the all-new Lexus LC?  Let us know in the comments section below or email jbrennan@nplexusdominion.com.

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Lexus LC – available now at Lexus Dominion

Lexus LC Package Options & Pricing

We created the ultimate cheat-sheet for the 2018 Lexus LC.  Check out the standard features and package options available on the all-new Lexus LC 500 right here.

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Standard Features on the 2018 Lexus LC 500
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Option 1:  Touring Package
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Option 2: Sport Package – Glass Roof
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Sport Package (still 2nd option) with Carbon Fiber Roof
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Option 3:  Performance Package

Want more?  Check out the 2018 Lexus LC that is available now at Lexus Dominion!  Experience Amazing.  Experience the 2018 Lexus LC.