Lexus Tests Driverless Vehicle

Lexus Tests Driverless Vehicle

The luxury automaker's Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle aims to prevent driving injuries and fatalities.

Emma Hutchings
  • 10 january 2013

Lexus has unveiled its Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle (AASRV), which aims to enhance the car and driver’s ability to perceive, process, and respond with help from on-board automated technologies.

The car company’s goal is to prevent driving injuries and fatalities in the future. Their unique approach involves two parallel research programs in Japan and Michigan at the Toyota Research Institute, North America (TRINA).

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The AASRV is a Lexus LS Hybrid fitted with advanced GPS, forward and side-facing radars and hi-def color cameras, 360° laser tracking, gyroscope, accelerometer, and other sensor components. These technologies track the vehicle and nearby objects and eliminate blind spots to keep the driver informed about what is happening around them. Mark Templin, VP and general manager of Lexus, said at a recent press conference:

Our goal is a system that constantly perceives, processes and responds to its surroundings, that scans the movement of objects around it, identifies a green light from a red light, and measures the trajectory, roll, pitch and yaw of the vehicle as it steers, accelerates and brakes along the most efficient route to its programmed destination.

You can take a look at the AASRV in the video below:



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