The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show is underway once again in crazy Las Vegas, and Crave Online has boots on the ground.
As Automotive Editor, I'll be looking to include as much car tech news as possible. We kick off with the folks over at Lexus. Toyota and its Lexus Division showed off their fancy active safety research vehicle (above) for the first time at to demonstrate ongoing efforts toward automated vehicle safety in global traffic conditions.
It's based on a Lexus LS and is built to test the integrated Safety Management Concept. Lexus sums all of its hyper detecting technology as seeing traffic safety as a "holistic blend of people, vehicles and the driving environment."
Lexus attacks that concept from five angles:
- Initial time the driver and car begin a journey from a parked position
- Active safety systems designed to avoid a crash
- Pre-crash aimed at preparing for a collision
- Passive safety to help survive a crash
- Rescue and response after a crash has occurred
The vehicle's systems can scan movement of objects around it, identify a green light from a red light and measuring the trajectory of the vehicle on the road. A 360-degree laser on the roof detects objects around the car up to about 70 meters.
Three high definition color cameras detect objects within 150 meters, including traffic light detection using the front camera and approaching vehicles using the side units. Radars measure the location and speed of objects to create a field of vision at intersections.
A distance measurement indicator located on a rear wheel measures travel distance and speed of the vehicle. An inertial measurements unit on the roof measures acceleration and angle changes to determine vehicle behavior. GPS antennas on the roof estimate angle and orientation even before the vehicle is in motion.
The research vehicle is a testing platform aimed at the development of systems capable of enhancing the driver’s perception of his or her environment, assisting in the decision-making process and improving overall driving skills.
Lexus suggests these research efforts could lead to "a fully autonomous car in the future." I sincerely hope not, but, for now, it's aimed at providing more aware, safer driver.