PLANO, Texas — Lexus will debut its first advanced driver-assistance system this year on certain 2022 LS 500h all-wheel-drive sedans with an eye on keeping up with its luxury competitors while maintaining a conservative approach toward the burgeoning technology.
Developed in-house, the SAE Level 2 system — called Lexus TeamMate — enables automatic steering, acceleration and braking in highway driving, but only under the active supervision of the driver. In addition, it is capable of maintaining set distances with other vehicles, changing lanes, merging and passing other vehicles.
The system has two main functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park. Lexus TeamMate integrates with the vehicle's high-definition navigation system to plan its actions up to six miles in advance in highway situations. However, engineers said use of Advanced Drive is restricted to limited-access highways only.