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LS+ Concept adds AI autonomy, sharpened style to Lexus' flagship

The LS flagship only just hit the road and Lexus is already following up with the LS+ Concept, previewing highway autonomous drive and the next evolution in the automaker's design.

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Lexus pulled the wraps off of the LS+ Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Wait, didn't they just launch the new generation of the flagship this year?!

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 The LS+ previews the next evolution of the automaker's L-Finesse design language, which somehow manages to get more pointy and angular with every iteration.

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Up front, the aggressive spindle shape escapes the confines of the grille and now envelopes the angular LED headlamps.

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Out back, the spindle shape is echoed with a tail light design and sheet metal creases that pinch inward.

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The concept also features a range of enhancements around artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. 

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An onboard "AI Agent" learns the driver's preferences and can be interacted with via voice commands.

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The Agent can also monitor the driver's alertness state and mood. A grumpy driver can be cheered up or a tired driver may be coaxed into taking a break or handing over control to the autonomous drive systems. 

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The LS+ also previews Lexus' Highway Teammate autonomous drive system, which the automaker claims will be available by the year 2020. 

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Highway Teammate can also be voice commanded. For example, when approaching a slower moving vehicle, the driver could just say "Pass that car" and the LS+ should do just that.

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Other details include new LED headlamps and graphics and active aerodynamics and cooling hidden the the diamond pattern grille. 

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In addition to the Highway Teammate feature, Lexus plans to make its Data Communications Module -- which makes car-to-car and car-to-grid communication possible -- a standard feature by 2020.  

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Shortly thereafter, in the early 2020s, Lexus will also add an Urban Teammate surface street autonomous driving feature to its bag of tricks. 

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