At the 2018 North American International Auto Show, currently being held in the U.S., Lexus announced it will introduce its automated driving technology on the LF-1 Limitless.
The LF-1 Limitless is a concept car that embodies the next generation of Lexus crossovers. It offers exterior dimensions of 5,014 x 1,986 x 1,605mm (total length x width x height) and a wheelbase of 2,974mm. In comparison with the LX570, Lexus’ current top-of-the-line SUV measuring at 5,080 x 1,980 x 1,910mm (length x width x height), the LF-1 Limitless is 66mm shorter, 6mm wider and 305mm lower. The spindle grille at the front features a three-dimensional design while the roof offers a split spoiler at the rear.
Inside the cabin is Lexus’ latest interface featuring motion-activated controls, which operate through detecting the driver’s gestures, and minimalist displays. In addition, the steering wheel consists of buttons for operations such as park and reverse.
The LF-1 Limitless’ automated driving technology includes Chauffeur mode, in which full control of driving operations is transferred to the vehicle. This concept also comes equipped with a four-dimensional navigation system that incorporates the element of time by taking into account road and traffic conditions, suggesting resting areas and restaurants, and making hotel reservations. This information is displayed on the in-dash monitor and rear seat entertainment system as well as the passenger’s smartphone or tablet.
Written by Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)