The New Lexus AI Co-Pilot Is Smarter than Your Honor Student (Updating)

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Google's got some competition in the burgeoning self-driving vehicle market now that Lexus has unveiled its LIDAR-beaming LS600 hL.

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Lexus hopes to eliminate—not just reduce—traffic casualties with an integrated safety management system. millimeter wave and stereo camera to supplement the driver's ability. The A-PCS system recognizes oncoming collisions, stiffens the suspension, pre-tensions the seat belts, and even automatically applies the brakes to help mitigate the force of impact with both other vehicles and pedestrians. the system is outfitted with GPS, forward and hi-def color cameras, as well as forward and side facing radar and a roof mounted 360-degree LIDAR rangefinder.

At this point, the car is nothing more than a research project and will likely never reach market. However, the technical knowledge that Toyota gains from the vehicle could well find its way into future Lexus models.

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Illustration for article titled The New Lexus AI Co-Pilot Is Smarter than Your Honor Student (Updating)

The front camera and radar array.

Illustration for article titled The New Lexus AI Co-Pilot Is Smarter than Your Honor Student (Updating)

The roof-mounted LIDAR.

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NovemberAjax

Or - you know - make people responsible for their own driving instead. Teach people how to observe their surroundings and control a car properly. Having done the driving test in Europe and then again when I moved to the US, I can tell you the US system is a total joke. You might as well just email drivers licenses to people for all the good the test does.