What we do have today are a handful of Level 2, partially automated driving systems, based on the Lexus will join that list. According to Automotive News Europe, the Japanese luxury brand plans to reveal its system at some point on a production car this year.. And this year,
Speaking directly to the Level 2 system was Koji Sato, the brand's president, who said Level 2 is only the beginning. In the future, this system, called Highway Teammate, according to Sato, will boast over-the-air updates to increase the level of automation as technology improves.
Drivers will need to keep their eyes on the road at all times, but the partially automated system will use lidar and cameras to execute lane changes, follow lanes and pass other cars while driving on the highway.
Lexus declined to comment for this story, but we wonder where this system may land first. One of its range-topping sedans or SUVs seems like the best guess, however. Sato did tell the publication Lexus wants the system on each of its vehicles in due time, which likely makes a brand-wide rollout just a matter of time.
Originally published Feb. 11.
Update, Feb. 12: Adds Lexus' decision not to comment for this story.