There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the notion of autonomous vehicles. While the industry isn’t quite ready for autonomous vehicles, it is rolling out a host of advanced driver assistance features. In Lexus’ case, their new driver assist system will launch in the 2022 LS 500h called Lexus Teammate.
As the name implies, Lexus Teammate is is no way positioned as a self-driving feature set. By industry standards Teammate offers Level 2 autonomy, meaning a human driver must be constantly engaged. Lexus says the system will keep pace with traffic, offering automated lane-changes and even handle interchanges.
Like many Level 2 systems, Lexus Teammate will only fully function on limited-access highways. This is a similar restriction to competing systems, like Cadillac SuperCruise.
Also similar to SuperCruise, Teammate leverages a camera to watch for driver alertness. This means the system does offer limited handsfree driving options, but the driver must constantly pay attention.
Lexus will launch Teammate on the 2022 LS 500h and LS 500 this fall. So far the brand is not saying when other vehicles in its lineup will receive the new technology.