In Japan and the US, the LS will know when it joins and leaves a motorway, and offer the driver a range of assistance, including automatic lane-keeping, merging and overtaking, plus automatically keeping the car a safe distance from other vehicles and using information from other cars to pre-warn the driver of any potential issues. Lexus is calling this technology Highway Teammate.
Although the technology has similarities to systems already available from other manufacturers, Lexus president Yoshihiro Sawa said that the technology would break new ground, adding: “This will allow Lexus to deliver cars that can be driven even more safely and comfortably.”
Sawa also stressed that the car will only make suggestions, which the driver will always be free to over-rule. He described Highway Teammate as a step towards Lexus’s goal of achieving Level 4 autonomy of all types of roads, and he expressed a desire for Highway Teammate to work in urban areas “in the early 2020s”